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A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant accused of throwing a kitten into a wall last June pled not guilty on July 29 in San Diego Superior Court on felony charges of animal cruelty.

Fernando Pacheco, 27, allegedly caused the kitten to suffer a broken leg, head trauma, and bleeding from the nose and eyes, according to San Diego Humane Society spokesperson Candice Eley.

The incident occurred on June 11, 2009, in Midtown. Witnesses stated that Pacheco threw the four-month-old kitten a distance of 15 feet, across a patio and into a wall. Pacheco claims the kitten scratched or bit him. The cat’s owners claim they’ve incurred $5000 in medical bills for “Cullen,” who has made a full recovery.

The federal animal-cruelty charge was brought by the San Diego Humane Society after the animal hospital that treated Cullen contacted the animal advocacy group.

Pacheco is stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

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SurfPuppy619 July 30, 2010 @ 2:04 p.m.

I hope this loser has to spend some time in county, and gets kicked out of the Marines.

He is a coward who has no place in the Marines or society.

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Robert Johnston Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:04 p.m.

What we have here is not a Marine. What we have here is a freaking lower-than-whale-colon-discharge POGUE!

And to think his post is MCRD-San Diego?

Office Hours at least, after he does county time. Best would be a six-squared, and "the boot" (six moths confinement, six months loss of pay, and a Bad Conduct Discharge from the Marine Corps).

You may wear the uniform, Pacheo--but in my book, you lost the right to be called a United States Marine by your act. Heck,even the most wet-nosed recruit in Receiving has more sense than you!

--LPR

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