Bastrop Pastor Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BASTROP, Texas - A Bastrop pastor has been found guilty of animal cruelty in the death of a cat he trapped in his neighborhood last year.

Rick Bartlett's conviction Friday of a Class A misdemeanor means he faces up to a year in jail. Sentencing is set for June 24. At the time of his arrest, the 56-year-old was a chaplain for the Bastrop police department and pastor at Bastrop Christian Church.

After trapping the cat last year, Bartlett took it to the police department to have it taken to the animal shelter. An arrest affidavit says that after an animal control officer pointed out the cat had tags, Bartlett said he'd return the cat to its owners.

The cat named Moody was found injured under a bridge hours later.

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