FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A landlord who shot and killed two cats after a tenant refused to get rid of them was acquitted of felony charges, the first court test of a new Maryland new designed to stiffen penalties for animal cruelty.
A judge ruled that Eric Grossnickle destroyed the cats in a legally acceptable manner when he blasted them with a 12-gauge shotgun.
"I don't like what he did, but it's not a crime under Maryland law," Circuit Judge Mary Stepler said on Wednesday.
The ruling left the cats' owner, April Ritch, frustrated and tearful.
"There is no justice whatsoever," Ritch said, clutching a tin box containing Babe's and Angel's remains.
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