‘Fishing for cats’ suspect charged with torture

A borough man was charged Tuesday with using a baited treble hook to snare a cat that was severely injured last month. Kenny Rowles, 27, of 407½ E. Main St. is charged with torturing the cat after he was allegedly observed “fishing for cats” along East Main Street last month. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers took out a warrant Tuesday, and Rowles turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

“The charges we did file against him were torture. Torture is prolonged pain and not providing vet care, and the wound was infected. He was in pretty bad shaped, the cat,” Humane Society Police Officer Lisa Devlin said. “It was very harmful to the cat, so I’m thankful that the justice system will step in now and we’ll get justice.”

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