Valencia Man Sentenced to Jail for Duct-Taping Cat’s Paws Together

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Two deputies rescued a cat after he was found bound in electrical tape in a parked vehicle on Jan. 9, 2016. (Credit: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station)

A 23-year-old Valencia man was sentenced Wednesday to one year in county jail after pleading no contest to drug possession and animal cruelty charges for duct-taping his cat’s paws together.

Tyler Scott Vest was also ordered to serve three years formal probation and complete 24 hours of animal cruelty counseling, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Vest and his girlfriend Kylie Stringer, 27, both entered no contest pleas to one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal in January, the release stated.

Vest also pleaded no contest to a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, in this case heroin, the DA’s office stated.

The couple was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who discovered heroin and narcotic paraphernalia in their car after observing them parked late at night near Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, according to Deputy DA Jeffrey Greenberg.

Also recovered from the car was a cat found inside a pet carrier. All four of the cat’s paws had been duct-taped and were further bound together with additional tape, Greengerg stated.

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, the release stated.

Both were also banned from owning, possessing or having direct contact with animals for five years and they had to forfeit their cat, according to the DA’s office.