MEDIA RELEASE: Fargo Man Gets Prison for Microwaving Kitten and Domestic Violence

MEDIA RELEASE: Fargo Man Gets Prison for Microwaving Kitten and Domestic Violence

FARGO, N.D. June 13, 2024 In Defense of Animals salutes the conviction and sentencing of Carlos Perez, who was charged with animal cruelty and domestic violence.  

On June 10, Perez was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated domestic assault, terrorizing, and three years in prison for animal cruelty. 

On September 3, 2023, police were called to a woman's home after her boyfriend Carlos Perez got extremely angry that she was late getting home from work, which escalated into a physical assault and the torture and killing of her kitten. 

Perez was arrested and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, terrorizing, aggravated cruelty, two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence, and one misdemeanor interference with an emergency call. He faced a total of $46,500 in fines and 33 years in prison.

In Defense of Animals wrote to State Attorney Kimberlee J. Hegvik, presenting her with a letter signed by 14,202 concerned members of the public seeking the maximum sentencing of Perez and mandated mental health evaluation and treatment.

“Punishing abusers may or may not deter their violent nature butjustice must be served for their victims,” said Doll Stanley, Senior Campaigner for In Defense of Animals. “Animal abusers pose a high risk of violence to all of society, and the root is mental instability. Our mental health system must become embedded with our justice and penal systems to protect the public. Please stand with us in calling for mandated mental health programs for convicted animal abusers. Domestic violence is a crisis our nation must address.”

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CONTACT: Doll Stanley,,  (662) 809-4483

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with over 250,000 supporters and a 40-year history of defending animals, people, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, California, and rural Mississippi.


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