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Teenager sentenced by Judge in Mount Pleasant Animal Cruelty Case

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

18-Year-Old posted video of himself throwing Cats into yards


Last fall, Charleston Animal Society received a tip from a concerned citizen reporting a video seen online showing cruelty toward cats. Charleston Animal Society Cruelty Investigator Aldwin Roman immediately launched a preliminary investigation and found the videos on social media, showing a kitten and then a cat being thrown across a street in Mt. Pleasant, in front of a young child. (Videos attached. Facebook post also attached: caution contains profanity).

“In the first video, he throws a kitten up over telephone pole wires,” Roman said. “Both videos are difficult to watch because the treatment toward the kitten and the cat was cruel and clearly illegal.”

All of the information gathered in Charleston Animal Society's preliminary investigation was forwarded to Mount Pleasant Police. Based on this information, 18-year-old Deonta Weaver of Summerville was issued a citation for animal mistreatment, under Town of Mount Pleasant statutes. Weaver, who said he attends Summerville High School, was visiting people in Mount Pleasant when the cat cruelty incident took place.

In Mount Pleasant Municipal Court March 17, Weaver admitted he had thrown the cat and called his actions “stupid.” Mount Pleasant Municipal Judge David Michel sentenced Weaver to 30-days in jail. That sentence will be waived if Weaver completes 50 hours of community service.

“We are glad justice prevailed in this case because Charleston Animal Society will not stand by and allow people to treat any animal in this manner,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “Studies have shown a clear link between animal cruelty and violence toward humans. When a case like this involves a young person it is very important for the community to intervene as early as possible.”

For video, please visit our homepage. Scroll down to the video section. There are two videos connected to this story. You can select either of the "cat cruelty" videos below the large play screen.

Mount Pleasant Animal Care and Mistreatment Statute:

90.20 ANIMAL CARE AND MISTREATMENT.


(A) No person shall mistreat an animal in any way. It is unlawful for any person to inflict unnecessary or needless cruelty, torture, abuse or cruelly beat, strike or abuse any animal, or by an act or omission or neglect cause or inflict any unnecessary or unjustifiable pain, suffering, injury, or death to any animal whether such animal belongs to such person or to another, except that reasonable force may be employed to drive away vicious or trespassing animals. Keeping an animal in an unhealthy environment or under unhealthy conditions as deemed such by the Animal Control Officer shall constitute mistreatment and unlawful hereunder. Any unwanted animals should be delivered to the humane society for proper disposal.

(B) It shall also be unlawful for any person in charge of any animal to fail, refuse or neglect to provide such animal with sufficient food, potable water, shade or proper and healthy shelter and protection, veterinary care, or to cruelly or unnecessarily expose any such animal in hot, stormy, cold, or inclement weather, or to carry any such animal in or upon any vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner.

('81 Code, 90.06) (Ord. 93050, passed 10-12-93) Penalty, see 10.99


10.99 GENERAL PENALTY.

(A) Where an act or omission is prohibited or declared unlawful in this code of ordinances, and no penalty of fine or imprisonment is otherwise provided, the offender shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days. However, no penalty shall exceed the penalty provided by state law for similar offenses. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day that a violation occurs or continues.

(B) In addition to the penalties provided in division (A) above, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this code shall be deemed a public nuisance, and may be abated by the municipality as provided by law.

('81 Code, 10.99)

About Charleston Animal Society

At 140 years old, Charleston Animal Society is the oldest animal organization in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the Nation. It is also South Carolina's leader in adoptions, spay/neuter procedures, free roaming cat services and research projects and has a nationally recognized Veterinary Science Initiative. Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina's most honored charity. It takes in over 90% of the Charleston County's abandoned animals, and is the community's only animal organization that does not turn animals away.

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