MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Chickasaw man who was convicted of torturing a kitten will not have to spend 18 months in prison after all.
Mobile County Circuit Judge James Wood changed the sentence for 24-year-old Ralph Allen Fisk, who will now be required to spend the 18 months reporting to Mobile's Community Corrections Center.
The corrections center typically requires its participants to report daily and undergo a series of intense rehabilitation programs.
Testimony during Fisk's one-day trial before Wood earlier this year showed Fisk got angry at his common-law wife's 4-month old kitten after it scratched him.
Fisk cut all four of the kitten's pads off to the bone, then burned its belly and genitalia. It was found alive in a closet but died shortly afterward.
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