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60 days dealt for cat's attacker

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Braselton man pleaded guilty Monday to knifing a cat’s throat last year and was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail, an official said.

Andrew Shields, 23, pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges as his jury trial was getting under way, said Assistant District Attorney John Warr.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor sentenced Shields to serve 60 days of a five-year sentence. He’ll spend the remainder on probation, Warr said.

Authorities said Shields severed a cat’s jugular vein and cut its thigh June 18 last year. The cat, Bob, belonged to a Sugar Hill woman and survived after undergoing emergency surgery. No explanation for the attack was given.

Warr said no special stipulations regarding animals will apply to Shields during his probation.

Shields turned himself in Sept. 17 after learning warrants were issued for his arrest. He was released on $11,200 bond the same day.