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City man gets 1 year for abuse of kittens

Killed 1, injured 1 of his roommate's pets

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An Allen County judge handed a one-year jail sentence to a Fort Wayne man who killed his roommate's 2-month-old kitten and injured another cat.

Andrew S. Gibbs, 27, pleaded guilty in November to two counts – one a felony – of animal cruelty. He was sentenced today to two years with one year suspended, for a total of one year behind bars.

Prosecutors did not object to the sentence being served on work release, according to a plea agreement, but a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said that wouldn't be the case.

Gibbs was charged in June, after a kitten named April was found dead in a plastic bag in a trash bin outside the home he shared with a roommate. A veterinarian said the animal was the victim “of non-accidental blunt force trauma to the body,” a probable cause affidavit alleged.

“The amount of blood loss into the abdominal cavity and the small size of the victim resulted in fatal injury,” the affidavit says.

Another cat – 4-month-old Mei – suffered bleeding from its right eye and blunt force trauma, court documents say.

Gibbs was drunk Oct. 4, 2018, when Garan Galbreath left their home for work, according to court documents. When Galbreath returned, Gibbs was passed out in a bedroom and the cats were missing.

Investigators said they found “a couple of small red stains on the wall in the stairwell of the home,” and the younger cat was found in the trash bin.

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