A South Carolina man has been sentenced to two years in prison for burning as many as five kittens to death.
As the Herald of Rock Hill reports, Christopher Rainey, 27, pleaded guilty to arson and ill treatment of animals for the May 2017 incident. Judge Dan Hall sentenced Rainey to two years in prison.
At the time, Rainey says, he was high on marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine, and off of his prescription medications for mental illness. His attorney, 6th Circuit Public Defender Mike Lifsey, says that the combination of illegal drugs, plus the lack of legal, prescription drugs used to treat his mental illness, caused him to enter into a mental state where he was incapable of acting rationally.
It was a sentiment echoed by his mother, Tammy Lane.
“He does crazy stuff when he is off his medications.”
According to court documents, on the night of the incident, Rainey used gasoline to burn down a shed on his family’s property with five kittens inside. Four of them died in the fire; a fifth one somehow survived.