22-year-old Houston man was sentenced to six years in prison for stomping his
girlfriend’s orange tabby cat to death, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg
Isaiah Thrasher pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced Tuesday to
prison after prosecutors argued he should be behind bars. Defense lawyers for
Thrasher argued that he deserved probation.
was convicted of felony cruelty to animals, punishable with between two and 10
years in jail, after an incident where he and his girlfriend were breaking up
at their Northshore apartment on January 25, 2019.
girlfriend tried to leave with the cat in her arms when he knocked the tabby to
the ground in front of the apartment. A witness across the street said she
heard a cat yelling, then saw Thrasher kick the cat, “like a soccer ball.”
Then, the witness told police, she saw Thrasher stomp the cat six or seven
times until it stopped moving. He then picked up the body and put it in a
an innocent pet like this is a horrific and violent act that is almost
unspeakable,” Ogg said. “This man viciously attacked a helpless cat and has a
history that includes pushing his own great-grandmother down.”
witness who saw the incident called police who interviewed Thrasher. Thrasher
told authorities that he was arguing with his girlfriend and became angry enough
to hit, then stomp the cat.
was arrested and charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal by torture, a
third-degree felony. Because he was convicted two years ago for injury of an
elderly for assaulting his 72-year-old great-grandmother, Thrasher faced a
maximum punishment of 20 years.
is a case that shows the direct link between animal abuse and violence toward
other people,” said Jessica Milligan, the head of the DA’s Animal Cruelty
who can hurt his own great-grandmother, then kill a cat in a domestic dispute
is someone who is capable of violent behavior against people, including
children, in the future. We take that seriously, and we are grateful the judge
took this seriously as well."