Man accused of burying kitten alive pleads guilty to aggravated animal cruelty

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A Tennessee man pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges for burying a kitten alive last year, according to court records. 

Johnny Mack Rogers, 30, was met with animal cruelty charges in June when the six-week-old kitten named Warrior died after being stepped on and then buried alive. 

According to the court documents, Rogers was sentenced to one year at the Tennessee Department of Corrections and is prohibited from owning any animal during a one-year probationary period. The charge is classified as a Class E felony. 

A photo that showed Warrior still alive, wrapped in a pink blanket and clinging to life circulated social media, and sparked a movement of community members rallying for “Justice for Warrior.” 

The Unicoi County Animal  Shelter encouraged community members to attend court in Erwin on Thursday morning. A Change.org petition sponsored by the shelter says the kitten was brought to the shelter on June 22, then rushed to the vet where he died. 

The petition collected more than 11,000 signatures. 

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