Admitted Cat Killer Ordered to Go to Work in Cape Girardeau Pet Shelter

APRIL 14, 2006 - Posted at 3:31 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A man who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend's cat is sentenced to probation for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service at a southeast Missouri pet shelter.

Eric Ford of Tamms, Illinois, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to felony animal abuse.  He was ordered to fulfill the community service hours within four months at the Cape Girardeau Humane Society.

In August of 2004, Ford's ex-girlfriend was moving out of a home they shared in Cape Girardeau.  Ford picked up the woman's cat, said "This is what I think of our love," and threw the animal against a wall.

Prosecutors had recommended 60 days in the county jail.

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