MASSENA - A Massena man charged with slamming a neighbors cat against the wall outside his apartment has been sentenced to serve 20 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for his conviction on an animal cruelty count.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also placed Joshua M. Dion, 23, of 2 Willow St., Massena, on probation for three years and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a DNA sample to the states database.
Village police had charged Dion with animal cruelty at 12:06 a.m. Oct. 4 at the 2 Willow St. apartment complex. Sarah Gauthier told police she opened her door and her cat got out. Dion, a neighbor, reportedly caught the cat, threatened to kill it and banged its head against the wall several times.
Dion, in a statement he signed for police at the time of his arrest, said he had abused the cat after it showed up outside his apartment door.
I heard something sniffing around my door. I opened the door and saw a cat, he recalled.
I dont like cats, and I didnt want it near my door. I kicked the cat away from the door and then picked it up and threw it against wall in the hallway across from my apartment, he noted in his statement.
Ms. Gauthier, in her statement, told police she believed her cat had snuck out of her apartment when she cracked the door to let smoke out following a cooking incident. She said she went looking for her cat as soon as she discovered it was missing.
She said she found Dion beating her cat when she went to a lower floor in the apartment complex.
Joshua Dion was holding my cat by the neck and back legs, and he was slamming my cat off the corner of the door casing. He threw the cat down and ran into his apartment. When I finally picked up my cat, it was bleeding from the nose and gasping for air, Ms. Gauthier added in her statement.