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Lawndale man takes issue with animal cruelty involving kitten

TORRANCE (CNS) – A man today did not contest an animal cruelty charge following the discovery of a kitten with two broken legs in a bin in a Lawndale apartment building in October 2020.

The charge against Darion K. Hackett, now 30, of Lawndale, will be reduced to a misdemeanor in August 2023 if he completes an approved 52-week animal cruelty counseling program, participates in a mental health/addiction counseling program and obeys all laws. , according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Hackett would otherwise be convicted of a felony, according to Santiago.

As a result of his conviction, Hackett will be ordered not to own animals, be subject to search or seizure by law enforcement and Humanity Protection officers and to pay the cost of seizing the kitten, Santiago said.

Investigators linked Hackett to the female Calico kitten named Bow – then 11 months old – via the feline’s microchip and questioned him about the circumstances surrounding the cat’s current and previous injuries after he was rescued in October 2020, according to a released statement. by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles shortly after the case was filed against him last March.

Later medical examinations showed that the kitten had suffered serious injuries, including a poorly healed previous fracture of the right hind leg and a recent fracture of the left hind leg, as well as a dislocation of the right hip, bruising to the lung , broken teeth and tears. and abrasions to the ears, according to the spcaLA.

The kitten was later adopted in February 2021 after undergoing surgery to repair injuries to her hind legs and spending five months recovering in foster care, officials said.