FARMINGTON – A man who admitted to torturing a cat must complete 48 hours of community service at an animal care facility.
Donald Aaron Hawes, 31, of Layton, was in 2nd District Court on Wednesday, Nov. 13, where he was sentenced to the community service and ordered to pay a $450 fine.
Hawes pleaded guilty to a class A misdemeanor charge of attempted torture of a companion animal. He was originally charged with one count of third-degree felony torture of a companion animal.
In May, Layton police said Hawes admitted to taking a cat belonging to his girlfriend’s daughter from under a bed, “squeezing it” until the cat could no longer breathe.
Hawes then put the cat on the bed and pressed on the cat’s stomach with the intent to kill it, according to court documents, then he threw the cat against the wall.
The cat survived the abuse, police said at the time.
The girl had her phone in the room and recorded what happened, according to a probable cause statement.
Second District Judge David Hamilton stayed a one-year jail sentence in lieu of a two-year informal probation.