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1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
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A Valencia man was sentenced Wednesday to one year in county jail for taping a cat’s paws together.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Greenberg said Tyler Scott Vest, 23, also was sentenced to three years formal probation and ordered to complete 24 hours of animal cruelty counseling, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The defendant and his girlfriend Kylie Stringer, 27, of Canyon Country, both entered no contest pleas on Jan. 13, the date of their arraignment.

Vest and Stringer pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal and Vest also pleaded no contest to a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, heroin.

Stringer was sentenced on March 2 to three years of informal probation and was ordered to complete a six-month drug treatment program, 15 days of Caltrans service and 24 hours of animal cruelty counseling.

Both defendants also are banned from owning, possessing or having direct contact with animals for five years and they had to forfeit their cat.

Both defendants were approached by Los Angeles County sheriff deputies after they were observed inside a vehicle parked near Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads late at night on Jan. 9. Deputies conducted a narcotics investigation and recovered heroin from inside the vehicle, along with narcotic paraphernalia, the prosecutor said.

Also recovered from the car was a cat inside a pet carrier container. All four paws of the cat had been duct-taped and were further tied and bound together with additional duct tape, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station.

Lily the cat

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60 Comments

  1. One year. Your kidding me. You really think he will learn a lesson. One year is a joke.

  2. How sick. How could anyone do this Ro an animal.

  3. Only 1 year? What a jerk!

  4. What about the woman that was with him? Didn’t she get any time for this as well?
    POS people harming animals!

  5. I hope they tape his feet together while he is serving his time. (:

  6. Sue Liberto Sue Liberto says:

    Bet he gets out early too.

  7. Good. What a ?head. Really? Let’s do that to him while he sits in the clink, costing us money.

  8. I have ZERO tolerance for this!!

  9. Gee Hawd Gee Hawd says:

    Id break this POS.
    #jailjustice

  10. Carol Hughes Carol Hughes says:

    Let’s tape his arms & legs!!

  11. He should have his hands and feet tied together and wear a sign that says he abuses animals!

  12. Donna Boyer Donna Boyer says:

    Why would someone do this? Just to be cruel?! I just don’t get it.

  13. Yay… Now tape his Hands and feet

  14. John Chan John Chan says:

    He won’t even do 3 months thanks to ab 109

  15. Mary Anaya Mary Anaya says:

    Death to him and anyone that has allowed this to happen.

  16. Jen Gilmore Jen Gilmore says:

    Hope he drops his soap in the jail shower.

  17. Wtf wasnt it electrical tape too?

  18. Same guy stole the tip jar at Jamba Juice in Valencia in 2012. My son was working there at the time and he ran after him and knocked him off his bike. Then another Co worker held him down till sheriff’s got there. He will never be rehabilitated.

  19. HAHAHA jerk. Maybe somebody will tape your ankles together in there

  20. Dirty pig I hope you get what’s coming in prison because one year from now your dirty ass will be back on the street and that is unacceptable

  21. Sue Jacobs Sue Jacobs says:

    They should tape his hands together. Sick person!!

  22. Who’s rescuing the kitty?

  23. One lousy year. I say we tape his hands and feet together and drop him off on in the desert.

  24. Dave Bogna Dave Bogna says:

    He will do 6 months.

  25. What a beautiful, precious little kitty. Breaks my heart. I wanna take that angel home.

  26. Deena Lytle Deena Lytle says:

    They should tape his hands and feet together while serving his time.

  27. Shirley says:

    good! stupid losers.

  28. Julie Martin Julie Martin says:

    Does anyone know if the cat has been adopted!

  29. luis madar says:

    The kitty got lots of adoptions offers, will be fine -but too many others are euthenized each month, wish we could get more adopted, too many don’t want to go to a shelter, but will adopt from a pet center and so on.
    — As for this scumbag, he deserves even more time BUT how much is it costing us to keep him locked up? Isn’t there some really unpleasant but helpful community svc. he could do in addition to the 400hrs.? Like fight fires on the frontlines and clean public toilets?
    — I recall reading ine original story that he and g.f. were doing drugs @the Vons parking lots @Sand Canyon and apparently the cat wanted out of its carrier, probably hungry and scared poor thing.
    Needs drug treatment or he’ll be out doing it again.

  30. Dean Botton Dean Botton says:

    #ThanksObama

    Give this loser more than a year. Throw Obama & Hillary in too. Give Bernie the role of distributing the wealth of food in prison

  31. lauryn says:

    he is a jerk I want to cry??

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