February 21, 1994
David Lee Edwards broke into an Animal Shelter, then tortured and killed a cat, kidnapped several other cats.
David Lee Edwards, 25 broke into the Hayward Animal Shelter on February 21, 1994, Edward's tortured and killed a cat on the premises, by throwing the cat against a metal cage and stomped on it, fatally injuring the cat. He then took that cat's remains and several live cats from the shelter by stuffing them in plastic bags.
Edwards triggered an alarm at the shelter but was able to escape when police arrived. Edwards left a T-shirt with the name "Edwards" stenciled on it at the shelter.
On March 12th, Voices for Pets, a Concord-based animal rights organization, distributed some 2,000 reward posters in the neighborhood. On April 12th a witness called Hayward police and directed them to Edwards.
Edward's, plea-bargained for no jail time and in November 1995 was placed on probation and ordered to attend weekly therapy.
Update 3/6/98: Edwards, now 27 years old, pleaded guilty to a felony count of cruelty to animals. In exchange for his plea, four other charges, including burglary, were dropped. He was given a one- year suspended sentence in county jail and five years' probation.
Last year, Edwards was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Travis Air Force Base. After his arrest, a probation officer from the Alameda County Probation Office wrote that Edwards had missed half his therapy sessions, had not seen a therapist for 3 months and was "less than honest'' with the officer, with whom he had missed five appointments.
The officer had more to say about Edwards: "He now is denying the facts of the offense that placed him on felony probation. He now claims he was merely collecting cats to breed them for profit.''
A probation revocation hearing was scheduled for May 26, and continued to September 1998.
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