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Man sentenced in animal cruelty case

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An eastern Henrico County man was convicted Thursday of animal cruelty and indecent exposure.

James W. Porch, 56, poured oil on a neighbor's kitten in the Highland Springs community in August. He then, while in police custody, exposed himself.

Porch was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with all but four weeks suspended. The kitten survived.

The owner of the kitten named "Midnight," Betty Alvis, remembered every detail back in August.

"He got the cat, and then poured all the oil. [Almost] Drowned it. Couldn't see his eyes. Eyes were solid shut. I had to wash him about five times," Alvis said.

"I thought the cat was going to die the other day because he didn't open his eyes up at all," Alvis said.

So Betty called police, who arrested her neighbor, Porch.

"We take crimes against persons very seriously and we also take crimes against animals very seriously," said Lt. Hank Smith of Henrico Police after the August arrest.

But Porch, apparently, wouldn't go quietly. While under arrest, police say he exposed himself to the officers, and made a crude remark in reference to his genitals.

"He became somewhat uncooperative, to say the least," Smith said.

Back at the house, Betty wants answers. She tried to get them by questioning the accused.

"I said, ‘Why [did] you put motor oil on my cat?' He said, ‘I did it for the fleas, I didn't want it up in my building.'"

According to court records, Porch has been in trouble with the law before. He has multiple convictions that include drunk driving, vandalism, and trespassing dating back to 2004.

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