An extreme act of animal cruelty could land a Chemung County woman behind bars.
25-year-old Courtney Crane of Elmira appeared in court last Friday where she admitted that she intentionally caused serious physical injury to her cat, “Milo,” by dousing the cat with lighter fluid and then lighting him on fire.
As a result of Crane’s actions, the cat suffered significant burn wounds and had to be euthanized.
Following Crane’s guilty plea of of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class E felony, the court ordered a pre-sentence report update from the Chemung County Probation Department.
Sentencing it scheduled for Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. where she faces up to three months incarceration in the Chemung County jail and five years probation supervision.
She will also be required to pay restitution for medical expenses for the cat’s treatment, and will also be prohibited from owning or possessing a pet.
The case was prosecuted by Assistance District Attorney Jason L. Cook.
ADA Cook commented, “Justice was served with this conviction. I am pleased with the felony guilty plea by this defendant, although I was certainly ready and willing to take this case to trial. This was a senseless and brutal attack on a helpless animal.”