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Man sentenced to jail for burning 'Campbell the cat' in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania SPCA

Tyrique Hall, who, along with Jose Sanchez, doused a cat named Campbell with accelerant and set him on fire in Philadelphia last November, has been sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail, two years of probation, seven years of prohibition from owning a pet, and restitution of $2,392.

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Hall, 21, pleaded guilty after being charged with animal cruelty, criminal conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of crime.

Sanchez, 18, was convicted last month of animal cruelty and criminal conspiracy, and sentenced to two years of reporting probation on each count, two years of prohibition from pet ownership, and restitution of $2,400.

“This sentence is a victory not just for one cat, but for all animals that face senseless and horrific cruelty. It says that an animal’s life is worthy of protection. Sending Tyrique Hall to jail for his actions is an appropriate punishment that we hope will serve as a deterrent to others. Our Humane Law Enforcement team has a strong track record for investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty and neglect. We are gratified by the court’s decision.” ~Jerry Buckley, CEO, PSPCA

Campbell is now enjoying life in his forever home with Lt. Steven Paslawski of the Philadelphia Fire Department. You can follow him on his very own Facebook page here.


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