A transient man who nearly starved a cat by locking it in a unit at Money Saver Mini Storage in Oregon City, Ore., was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to not own another pet for the next five years. Anthony Glenn Johnson, 55, was also sentenced to five years probation in Clackamas County Court.
The self-storage facility manager found Mr. Beanfield, a four-year-old male tabby cat, starving and nearly lifeless on Feb. 9 when he heard the feline crying. The cat was tied to a shopping cart and steeped in its own urine, according to an article published on OregonLive.com. The cat had also suffered several head wounds while trying to escape.
Johnson was charged with second-degree animal neglect. His lawyer said Johnson found the cat already starving in a field and brought it to the storage locker to help him. He claimed to leave the cat with food and water but then forgot about the cat for at least two days. Johnson rented the storage unit on Jan. 31.
Johnson, who can hear but does not speak, was already in the Clackamas County Jail for missing his original April 25 court date regarding the case. His lawyer said Johnson intentionally missed the appearance because he was afraid. Once released from jail, he will live with his daughter in Oregon.
Mr. Beanfield has a new home with an owner in Portland but still suffers some blindness.