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Man convicted of setting cat on fire in Philadelphia

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On Monday, Jose Sanchez, 18, was convicted of animal cruelty and sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $2,400 fine.

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On Nov. 19, he and Tyrique Hall, 21, doused a cat in lighter fluid and set it ablaze in the Olney section of Philadelphia, according to court documents.

The pair were captured on store surveillance video, which led to their arrest.

NBC 10 reported:

A woman told officials she spotted the cat on fire running down 3rd Street towards Wellens Avenue around 9:25 a.m. The woman also claimed she spotted Hall and Sanchez at the intersection and heard one of the men say, "I put a lot of fluid on it."

The cat, a male tabby named Campbell, suffered severe burns on over 60 to 75 percent of his body and required two surgeries to repair his injuries. After spending more than a month at the Penn Vet's Hospital in University City, he was adopted Campbell by Philadelphia firefighter Stephen Paslawski.

Last month, Tyrique Hall, 21, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and is currently awaiting sentencing.



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