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Jail time given to cat killer

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – A man who killed and charred his ex-girlfriend’s cat has been given six months in jail and four years’ probation, with a condition he doesn’t own pets during those four years.

Christian Dale Beach, 36, sat at the defense table with his head bowed. Thursday was his sentencing at El Dorado County Superior Court on a felony animal cruelty charge to which he pleaded guilty last month.

He expressed sorrow and apologized for the Valentine’s Day killing of Bobbyy, an orange tabby once scarred in the Southern California wildfires.

“I just lost my mind that day,” he said. “It’s not like me to do such a thing.”

Last month, Beach and his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Barker, got into repeated arguments at their Strawberry home while Barker was attempting to remove her clothes and cat from the residence.

When Barker couldn’t find the feline, Beach told her that he placed the cat in the pound.

After a fruitless check at the El Dorado County Animal Shelter, Barker and her friends returned to the Strawberry house, where Barker reportedly broke the cat’s neck and slammed Bobbyy to the ground in front of the group.

Afterward, Beach took the cat to the fireplace and burned its body with a blowtorch.

In addition to the time in jail and four years of probation, Beach will undergo a 52-week anger management course and undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He was also ordered to pay fees and not to contact Barker.

“I am looking forward to reading the psychiatric evaluation,” Serafini said. “Hopefully it will provide direction to make sure this doesn’t occur again.”

Barker was not present at court but wrote a letter describing the day and her loss. In the letter she stated how she cries daily, waived a semester in college because she couldn’t concentrate and finds solace at Bobbyy’s grave site in Southern California.

“As much as I’ve tried to forget and leave it in the hands of the law, I think of it every day,” she wrote. “It sickens me and I cry every day.”

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