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Long Beach man arrested after returning two 'defective' dead cats to shelter

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Steven Ullery, 27, was released on $60,000 bond Friday after being arrested on four felony animal cruelty charges when returning two dead cats to the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center announced a press release from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Los Angeles.

Ullery claimed the two dead cats named Sylvester and Oliver were "defective."

Authorities allege the deaths of the cats living in the Ullery home were intentional. Ullery has been charged with animal cruelty pursuant to penal code 597(a). According to a statement by the organization's president, Madeline Bernstein:

“Since 1877, spcaLA has worked to break the cycle of violence and bring animal cruelty offenders to justice. We will continue to provide that service to the people in our community as long as there are those who prey on innocent animals."

If found guilty, Ullery faces a maximum punishment of three years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He could also be banned from ever owning or possessing any other pets.

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