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Judge sentences local man to probation in animal cruelty case

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 19:09:25-05

On Tuesday, Roberto Poli stood before a judge pleading guilty. He was charged last year after Animal Care and Control found two kittens in a bucket.

One of them died. Poli says he was frustrated over a neighbor feeding dozens of cats that got out of control.

The state asked that he spend 45 days in jail in addition to probation. But the judge sentenced him to three-and-a-half years on probation. He’s also required to do 100 hours of community service, undergo a psychological evaluation and have no additional animals in his home.

ACC can do random inspections.