WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization, says a Winona man responsible for beating and burning a kitten received his prison sentence this week.
Resident Michael Forrest was given the maximum sentence under law for such a crime, 45 days in jail as well as a $1,500 fine and court costs.
The kitten was found in October with burned feet, singed whiskers and injuries consistent with being beaten. It had also lost the use of its back legs.
Due to the severity of its injuries, the kitten was humanely euthanized.
In December, IDA, which operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever committed the crime.
Officials say a witness stepped forward with information that led to Forrest's arrest.
Winona Municipal Court Judge Devo Lancaster gave the sentencing on Tuesday.