ALBION, N.Y. — An Orleans County man was sentenced Monday after he kicked a kitten to death last summer in the Town of Carlton.
A jury convicted Richard Keihl, 31, of aggravated cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child. He received the maximum sentence under the law: two years in prison.
A 12-year-old girl witnessed the incident last summer. She testified that a neighbor's kitten had walked into Keihl's garden. He then picked up the kitten and kicked it twice, killing it.
"I give a great deal of credit to this young lady for coming forward and showing the bravery
to talk about what is was that happened and bring this man to justice," said Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone.
Under the proposed "Phoenix's Law," named after a dog intentionally set on fire in Buffalo, Keihl's sentence for animal cruelty would have been doubled from two to four years.