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Man who killed, tortured kitten to spend 1 year behind bars


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Fort Wayne man accused of torturing and killing a kitten will spend 1 year behind bars.

Allen County Judge Wendy Davis sentenced him to 2 years for the torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, with 1 year suspended. Judge Davis also sentenced him to 1 year on an animal cruelty charge.

Those sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Gibbs will spend 1 year behind bars.

He was ordered to pay $250 in restitution.

Gibbs is no longer allowed to own an animal, and Animal Care and Control must be aware of his address to conduct surprise visits.

The judge also granted him 24 days of jail credit.

An Animal Care and Control officer says the incident happened around October 5, 2018.

ABC21 spoke with a man who told officials his former roommate, Andrew Gibbs, killed one of his kittens and injured another.

“I just want him to be arrested and put behind bars. He needs to – He has a history of doing this, he’s had attacks against other people. He needs to be locked up,” Garan Galbreath said.

Court documents say Gibbs was belligerent that night. When investigators arrived, they found a dead kitten in a garbage can outside the home and another badly injured, undergoing treatment at an animal hospital.

A necropsy showed the kitten was beaten to death. 

Kayla Crandall

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