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Cat Beaten to Death Inside Mississippi Animal Shelter

A man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a cat was found beaten to death inside a Brookhaven, Mississippi animal shelter last Friday.

Jody Cothron. Source: Lincoln County Jail

Jody Cothron. Source: Lincoln County Jail

Jody Cothron, 39, entered the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League (BARL) Friday afternoon and asked to see all the cats that were available for adoption. Normally, a cat caregiver would have been present while Cothron was in the room with the adoptable cats, but the entire staff was busy trying to catch a dog that had gotten loose, so Cothron was alone in the cat room.

According to the Daily Leader:

When the caregiver entered the cat room, she found blood splattered around the room and a plastic stick was in pieces from where the man allegedly hit the cat.


Source: Brookhaven Animal Rescue League

Caretakers found Tilly, a small 3-year old cat, in her kennel with the door open, barely breathing. They rushed her to the veterinarian where she later died.

Police have charged Jody Cothron with aggravated animal cruelty – a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of only $2,500. He was arrested on Monday and quickly released on bond.

Sadly, this man will probably only pay a fine for what he’s done and will face little to no jail time. The incident has BARL calling for stricter laws to protect animals in Mississippi.

From the BARL Facebook Page:

Let’s hope that what happened to Tilly may become a catalyst for strengthening our animal cruelty laws. Again, thank you all. Together we can make a difference!

UPDATE: A petition has been created to demand the maximum penalty for this crime. Click here to view and sign.



  1. Della

    Apr 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    this is really sad. Will he be on the animal abuser registry with the FBI? It is a federal offense. It has been pretty much established that those who abuse animals also abuse humans. Does he have a family?

  2. Marlene Siegel

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    This makes me so sick! As a cat-lover and owner of 3 beautiful cats, there are no other words… I agree with Della that this sub-human should be on the animal abuser registry with the FBI!

  3. Bruce R

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Please post a link to a petition or other way people can get involved with posts like this. Even if it was just a way to contact local authorities and let them know how we feel and asking for a harsher penalty. Heck, Id settle for the guys email address or twitter handle. We can make a difference even if we only can send an email or sign a petition online.

  4. Cathy

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Discussing – Mississippi needs to change the laws – hes the animal not the cat.

  5. Rae

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This pos must be really proud of himself. A big bada$$ beating up a poor defenseless cat. And in doing so he must have terrorized the other cats who witnessed this horrible act. I agree that people like him should all be permanently on a national registry so they can be closely monitored. I pray he has no animals wherever he lives.

  6. Ena Paul

    Apr 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Thats so sad …poor little kitty….someone should give him a dose of d same…..laws are too lenient with these beasts

  7. lee

    Apr 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    animals should not be considered property. My cats are my kids .Stronger penalties should be in place. I have been involved in tnr programs, fostering, and several stayed with me do to health or behavioral issues. Nothing was ever said to the people who threw them out but I would get hassled for trying to give them a second chance.

  8. Alice Collins

    Apr 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I want that mother f*cking p**** dead, skull bashed in. What gives him the right to take that innocent little angel’s life. Her life mattered more than his does.

  9. Mia

    Apr 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Wait a minute, how can it only be a misdemeanor when animal cruelty is now a felony in all 50 states?

  10. Mia

    Apr 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    This is the law for animal cruelty, which is a FELONY not a misdemeanor

    • Anonymous

      Apr 21, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      It’s not a FELONY in all 50 States. Aldf misinterpreted the information obtained. Depending on what state a person is in it can either be a felony or misdemeanor.

  11. desmond

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Post a pic of his house with address on FB and let it go viral.

  12. Catt

    Apr 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    “This has been widely misunderstood, both by the press and the general public. It does not mean that animal cruelty is now a federal crime, it does not mean that people who abuse animals will be prosecuted differently or get stiffer sentences, it does not mean that the FBI intends to get involved or is involved in state or local cruelty cases. It is simply a change in the way they track crime data. And that’s important, and a step forward – it’s a signal that they agree it should be taken seriously. But that’s all it is.”

  13. Patricia

    Apr 19, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    That man needs his Azz beat what a piece of shot, so sad, he needs to spend time in prison with an animal lover, he is a worthless sob, obviously a cat hater very heartless, RIP sweet Lil angel

  14. Helen

    Apr 19, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Did the POS give a reason for beating this poor baby?

    • Bobbie West

      Apr 20, 2016 at 3:14 am

      Like what…the cat pulled a knife on him???

  15. Pudden

    Apr 20, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Here’s the piece of sh*t’s FB:

    • Pudden

      Apr 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Ugly inbred piece of s****.

  16. BJ

    Apr 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    He needs to die also. An eye for an eye…. Sick bastard.

  17. Lynn

    Apr 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Horibly, ANOTHER sociopath in the midst of helpless cats..I really and truly hope this shelter and ALL shelters learn a serious lesson about leaving ANYONE alone in the cage areas where animals are housed, they are helpless, and you do not know WHO you have walking around..How sick and awful..Please make sure if you are busy, to lock this area, and make people wait until you can supervise..or lock the more to stop this from happening again..And, screen people very well, do home checks..It makes me sick and this poor cat was helpless in this aholes midst…Our laws are not doing enough to punish, so we have to really be on guard..I’d love to hear what “punishment” this B*****D receives too. I have signed this petition, and hope the right people read our messages!!

  18. Valerie Little

    Apr 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Karma is a bitch!!!

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