JOSHUA W. MEARS arrested for fatally injuring a cat during an argument with his girlfriend

Updated: Jun 24

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June 24, 2021, Additional Information:


Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly kindly responded to my email and I learned that the furbaby was a “domestic shorthair male kitten of approximately 3 months” named Simba.




UPDATE: June 23, 2021


On Tuesday, June 22, Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced that 31-year-old JOSHUA W. MEARS (pictured below) was sentenced to ten months in Rensselaer County Jail.


The sentence follows MEARS’ guilty plea on June 1, in connection with an aggravated cruelty to animals charge, related to an October 2020 incident.


According to a news release by the DA’s office, in addition to jail time, MEARS has “a five year order preventing animal ownership, an eight year order of protection for the victim and an eight year order of protection for the witnesses, as well as fees and surcharges.”


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~ Original story:


Hoosick Falls Police say that 30-year-old JOSHUA W. MEARS (pictured below), is behind bars after he injured a cat who then died due the injuries sustained.


Police were called on Friday, October 2, to a home on 18 Fiske Street about a domestic dispute.


Officers learned that during a fight with his girlfriend, MEARS picked up her cat and threw the furbaby.


Police said that MEARS then became combative when he was being placed under arrest and had to be physically restrained.


This human trash was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, injuring animals, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration.


MEARS was arraigned in front of Judge Harold McClellan and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.


Hoosick Falls Police Chief Bob Ashe wrote in a statement: “As Chief of Police, I stand by the Judges actions. Bail reform has created an attitude by some people that breaking the law has no consequences. This individual has no respect of the law. No respect of Humans and no respect for a defenseless animal. Judge McClellan took the proper action by looking over the charges and Mears past and remanded him to Jail.”



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