Boynton Beach man ‘tired of cats’ gets probation for animal cruelty


The 63-year-old Boynton Beach man who trapped two kittens in a bucket on a hot day because he was “tired of cats” will have to spend the next 30 months on probation.

Roberto Poli received the probation sentence from Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in the felony animal cruelty case tied to his June arrest for leaving the kittens trapped in an upside down bucket for nearly nine hours. One of the kittens had to be euthanized. The other recovered but couldn’t eat on its own for nine days.

Poli pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts each of animal cruelty and unlawful abandonment or confinement of an animal. Although Assistant State Attorney Judith Arco asked for a 45-day jail sentence for Poli, Kelley sentenced him to the day he spent in jail last year and also withheld a finding of guilt against him.

Poli will have to perform 100 hours of community service, must undergo a psychological evaluation and seek treatment if necessary and is prohibited from owning any other animal besides his own dog, Kelley ruled.

According to an Animal Care and Control report, officers responded at about 1:15 p.m. May 2 to Poli’s home in Greater Boynton Place, a community west of Military Trail and south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, after a neighbor reported that Poli had a dog unattended in his backyard.

An animal-care officer heard what sounded like a kitten crying and saw a gray plastic bucket with a blue recycle bin turned upside down in Poli’s backyard, according to the report. The officer believed the kitten was inside.

The officer questioned Poli about the bucket, and he admitted to putting two kittens inside because he was upset they were on his property. He told the officer he put the kittens in the bucket at about 4:30 a.m. that morning, according to the report.

Poli took the officer to the bucket, revealing the two kittens laying in the bottom. The officer described the kittens as wet and panting. The smaller of the two kittens was too weak to move, and both were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation, where one of them was euthanized.



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