A man who stole a kitten from the SPCA because he couldn’t afford the $100 adoption fee was convicted of a misdemeanor in Richmond General District Court on Tuesday. The judge gave Carlos Marshall a 12-month suspended sentence, fined him $250 and ordered him to do 100 hours of community service.
House Bill 334, a proposal to upgrade the theft of a cat to a felony, died in the 2008 General Assembly, and proponents said they will cite this case as support for the bill next year.
That measure bill now has a name. The kitten, who later was adopted by Chesterfield teenager, is named Ernie. In the 2009 Assembly, the felony cat-theft proposal will be “Ernie’s Bill.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has details.