ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to fatally striking his 5-month-old kitten.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 23-year-old Andres Wiltz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse on Monday.
Police say Wiltz brought the kitten to a veterinarian in December. They say the kitten was pale, cold and straining to breathe.
The veterinarian determined the kitten had chest and kidney bruising, a large tear in its right lung and a broken pelvis and ribs. The kitten was euthanized.
Police say Wiltz admitted he repeatedly struck the kitten with an open palm to discipline it.
Wiltz’s one-year jail sentence has been suspended for two years. He will be on unsupervised probation during that time.