State v. Mr. C (DMC 15410) – Animal Abuse – Reduced to 5 Days in Jail – Phoenix City Court (Case No. 5306674): Mr. C was seen by people pulling his SUV over on the side of the road, retrieving a cat from the passenger side door, and throwing it over a fence. The cat the scrambled off and hid underneath a car and was almost struck by Mr. C as he left the scene. The witnesses then took the cat to the Humane Society and had it nursed back to health at a cost of almost $900. Mr. C was ultimately tracked down and charged with Animal Cruelty. We were able to present evidence that the cat dug his claws into Mr. C’s arms while he was attempting to remove it from the car, and that it then ran away after he flailed his arms due to the pain. He had not abandoned the cat, nor had he tried to harm the cat. Because of the strength of the witness’s testimony, the State was seeking a significant amount of jail time. Although he was facing up to six months in jail, we were able to reduce the ultimately sentence to only five days.