Jury finds man guilty of killing cat

Michael Stackhouse. (April 11, 2014)

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Cedar Springs man who admitted to 24 Hour News 8 that he killed a cat in front of his neighbors was found guilty of killing and torturing an animal by a jury Wednesday.

Michael Patrick Stackhouse, 35, killed a cat in April after it made its way into his mobile home at Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, according to police.

Stackhouse told 24 Hour News 8 the cat ran to a bedroom and started to attack his dogs. He grabbed the cat, he said, and yanked it away.

Michael Stackhouse said he threw the cat out into the street and it started to twitch from he believed was a seizure, so he stomped on its head and killed it.

“Yes, I do feel bad. It was a living, breathing animal. I don’t like killing animals. I own two myself,” Michael Stackhouse said.

Police said children and neighbors were watching as Stackhouse killed the cat.

Stackhouse told 24 Hour News 8 in April that he was sorry he killed the cat with about a dozen people watching, but said it would never have happened if the cat hadn’t come into his home.

The defense argued that what he did was an “act of mercy.”

He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 18 as a habitual offender. He faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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