A 19-year-old accused of torching a caged cat and feeding it to his dogs will not spend any time behind bars.
According to news reports, Roberto Hernandez, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to five years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Surveillance video at his family's farm from 2016 showed Hernandez put a stray cat in a cage, spray it with a liquid and flick matches on it until it caught fire. The video showed the animal struggling while Hernandez grabbed a drink and looked on, the Miami Herald reported.
Afterward, prosecutors said Hernandez fed the animal to his dogs. The Herald reported a tenant living on the property saw the act, and told police it was a cat.
Defense attorneys said the animal was a rabid raccoon, and after watching the video, Miami-Dade County Judge Nushin Sayfie agreed, saying, "I don't think a racoon should be treated in that manner, either," WPLG reported.
Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal abuse.
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