UPDATE: Unicoi man gets year in jail for burying kitten alive

    Warrior, a 6-week old kitten, was buried alive and only lived a few hours after being rescued. Johnny Mack Rogers pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated animal cruelty and will spend one year in jail. (UCAS / UCSO)<p>{/p}

    A Unicoi County man arrested last summer after a six-week old kitten was found buried alive pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty on Thursday in Criminal Court.

    Court information obtained by WCYB said Johnny Mack Rogers, 29, received a one year jail sentence from Judge Lisa Rise in proceeding held in Erwin.

    Thousands of people rallied behind the kitten following a social media campaign launched by the Unicoi County Animal Shelter who treated the animal nicknamed Warrior after it was rescued.

    Warrior was covered in dirt and blood and was rushed to a local vet who had to remove dirt from the animal's windpipe. One of the rescuers told the shelter that Rogers buried the cat after a person at their home stepped on the kitten while the two had been drinking.

    Rogers also received a year of probation and the judge also specified that Rogers can never own an animal following his release.

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