Couple Sentenced After Arrest For Taping Cat’s Paws Together

The two have both been banned from owning animals for five years.

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A California couple has been sentenced in connection with the abuse of a cat named Lily. Via Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/NBC Los Angeles
A California couple has been sentenced in connection with the abuse of a cat named Lily. Via Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/NBC Los Angeles

A Valencia, California, couple has been sentenced after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. 

Tyler Scott Vest was sentenced to a year in jail and a full 24 hours of animal cruelty counseling after police officers discovered a cat with her paws taped together in his car. Vest’s girlfriend, 27 year-old Kylie Stringer, was also sentenced to 24 hours of animal cruelty counseling, 15 days of community labor and three years of probation. Both Vest and Stringer are banned from “owning, possessing or having direct access to animals” for the next five years, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Heroin was found in the car at the time of their arrest; they were both charged with possession of a controlled substance as well.

The cat's paws were individually taped, then bound together. Via ABC7

The cat’s paws were individually taped, then bound together. Via ABC7

The arresting officer heard a cat meowing when he approached the couple’s parked car, which prompted him to inquire about the animal.

“I asked one of the suspects, `Is there a cat in the car?’ and she said yes,” Deputy Adam Halloran said.

He then saw the cat upside down in a cat carrier, with each of her paws individually wrapped with duct tape. Her two front paws had been taped together, as had her back paws.

The cat, whose name is Lily, was turned over to Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

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  • Only 5 years? They’re banned from owning animals for ONLY fine years? These people should be banned for life.

    julie April 23, 2016 5:43 am Reply
  • taped there hands and together and dont allow them pets or kids forver

    pmp April 23, 2016 5:51 am Reply
  • Why only 5 years? An animal abuser should be banned for life from owning a pet and this had the potential for the cat to be dumped somewhere unable to defend itself of save itself.

    Colleen April 23, 2016 6:25 am Reply
  • I CANNOT BELIEVE after what they did to that innocent cat, they can own another pet in 5 years. That’s very sad! I agree…banned FOR LIFE!

    beth April 23, 2016 6:28 am Reply
  • There sentence is not enough!!!!

    Harriet April 23, 2016 6:43 am Reply
  • They should not even be banned. They should be prosecuted for animal cruelty! The same as a human being hurting another, physical abuse. Banning for 5 years is reddiculous! Because after that they will probably do this again to another animal

    Andrea April 23, 2016 6:56 am Reply
  • They should be put in jail and have no contact at all with animals of any kind

    sherry April 23, 2016 7:32 am Reply

    Nunntavan April 23, 2016 7:59 am Reply
  • Another case of a slap on the wrist. Laws in regards to animals are still way too lenient. Animals are silent victims and cannot speak for themselves. Who knows what more this poor cat would have had to endure at the hands of these evil ppl if that officer hadn’t heard the meow pleas for help. Laws need to be changed and become a lot more strict so that all sickening evil crimes against animals stop.

    Audrey April 23, 2016 8:36 am Reply
  • I wish they would show the pictures of these two criminals so we can not only shame them but keep them on the edge 24/7/365 for the rest of their miserable lives !!
    Such monsters should not be re released into population !! I just want to rip them both to shreds !!!

    Anya April 23, 2016 9:50 am Reply
  • what i would love to see is someone doing the exact same thing to them .see them suffer and make them think about what they did to that defenseless baby .they should be banned for life from owning animals whats to say after the five years are done they wont go out and do the samer thing again.sad real sad.thier are some really disgusting people in this world . anyone harms my baby theyd better run and fast.

    angie April 23, 2016 10:27 am Reply
  • I think people should have a tattoo of what ever offense they are accused of tattooed somewhere on their bodies so they and everybody else in the would can see them for the sick bastards they are.

    greg April 23, 2016 11:59 am Reply
  • They both need sterilization. And the judge should order the same thing done to them. Stick them in a car in a cage with their arms tied together, legs tied together. Then they can join the ranks of the lion hunter dentist. I’d spit on them if I could.

    Lisa April 23, 2016 4:00 pm Reply
  • yes i agree banned for life from having a pet and only 5 years should be at least 10 years and maybe this would make people think twice before hurting these fur baby;s

    Sandra Ford April 23, 2016 4:33 pm Reply
  • If there is a God both of these POS will stick a needle in their arms and kill themselves.. Doing mankind and animals a solid.. They will experience all of Dante’s 8 circles of hell! If they can do this to animal they easily do it to a child too.. They should be banned having children and animals for life….

    Dharma April 23, 2016 6:47 pm Reply
  • Really? only 5 years? these POS’s Deserves life! and a good ass kicking!

    Robert April 23, 2016 7:19 pm Reply
  • I am horrified at this shocking thing that these disgusting people did to this poor cat!!!

    And to only stop them for FIVE YEARS FROM HAVING ANIMALS?
    How crazy is this?? They should be banned for life from ever coming near any animal, let alone having one.
    They should also have been jailed and fined a lot of money for this despicable act.
    Who is the idiot/s who gave out such a ridiculous sentence??


    Natalie April 24, 2016 1:13 am Reply
  • That’s all wrong 5 year’s is Bulls**t peopie like that shouldn’t be allowed near any Animal unless it’s inside a LION or TIGER’S CAGE. Strung UP.

    Carl walsham April 24, 2016 5:28 am Reply
  • Should be banned from animal ownership for life,,,,,disgusting people????

    Jan lilley April 24, 2016 6:53 am Reply
  • 5 years? They shouldn’t ever be able to have animals again for life. So disgusting.

    Linda April 24, 2016 8:36 am Reply
  • Only five years?!?! They should banned for like, fifteen or twenty BARE MINIMUM!! I hope Lily is alright!

    Sabrina Ashleigh April 24, 2016 10:49 am Reply
    • They should NEVER be allowed to own a pet! EVER. You think 5years from now they’ll be suitable pet owners? I wouldn’t let them feed my goldfish!!

      Becky April 25, 2016 11:17 am Reply
  • This makes me sick!

    Emily April 24, 2016 3:14 pm Reply
  • Animal abusers should be banned from owning or having contact with animals for life! If they thought that such treatment/cruelty was acceptable before, 5 years is not going to change that.

    Jennifer April 24, 2016 10:33 pm Reply
  • They should be banned for life. The girlfriend should serve some time also.
    Oh, tape there hands and feet together for a couple of hours and let them see how it feels. Maybe then they might have more of an idea of how bad that was.

    Jen April 25, 2016 10:11 am Reply
  • Wait, what? Animal cruelty is now a FELONY in all states, so how did they get off with a misdemeanor charge? Did it have something to do with the drug charge? Cruelty is cruelty, endangerment with premeditation should get a lot more penalty then what they got. Glad they got something, but that’s a slap on the wrist and not complying with new guidelines.

    Mary April 25, 2016 10:55 am Reply
  • Manufacture a massive industrial shredder, drop these two in it, and spread the sludge in the nearest landfill.

    The Maker April 26, 2016 6:09 pm Reply

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