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Illinois teen who poured boiling water on cat sentenced to 3 years in prison

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CHICAGO — An Illinois teen who poured boiling water on a cat in a viral Facebook video last year pleaded guilty Monday to one count of animal torture.

WLS-TV reports 18-year-old Leon Teague, who was initially charged with one count of animal torture and one count of the depiction of animal cruelty, was sentenced to three years in prison for the abuse.

After the sentence, Felines & Canines, a no-kill animal shelter in Chicago, posted about the horrific incident on Facebook:


We have just received the most astonishing news – Leon Teague, the young man who doused Driver the cat with a pot of boiling water while recording the event for his Facebook page, plead GUILTY today to charges of animal torture and cruelty. He has been sentenced to THREE YEARS jail time for his actions!!!! This is a massive win for the animals that sends an unwavering message to the public that animal abuse will NOT be tolerated in our city.

Our eternal gratitude and admiration go out to every person who fought passionately to be a voice and push for vindication on the behalf of Driver. From Heather and Melissa who saved Driver from the streets, to the arresting Officer Mark, State’s Attorney, Judge Burns and Safe Humane court room advocates, veterinarians and technicians, Hope Black (founder of ResQ Organics), my staff, and all of you – our supporters – for helping Driver achieve this outcome. I am completely flabbergasted and at a loss for words. This is huge, huge, HUGE news and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful!

If you’d like to make a donation in Driver’s honor to enable us to continue to do the work we do, we promise to put those dollars into action!!

With such joy, optimism and love,

Driver sustained extensive burn wounds to its back, belly, chest, sides, and legs.

You can view the graphic video here.