Man Cited For Tossing Kittens Into Trash

Inland Valley Humane Society officials say a Montclair man suffocated two newborn cats and threw them into a community trash container.

A man accused of suffocating two of three newborn kittens and then dumping them in the trash could face jail time.

Officials with the Inland Valley Humane Society say Joe Oceguera admitted to tossing the newborn animals in a community trash container in the 5000 block of Holt Boulevard in Montclair.

The kittens were found Aug. 1, IVHS officials said.

Animal Control Officer Derreck Rumsey responded after neighbors reported hearing cries coming from a community trash dumpster. With help from Montclair Police, Rumsey interviewed Oceguera, who admitted to tossing the animals in the trash can, officials said.

Oceguera was cited for animal cruelty and faces up to three years in prison and a fine up to $20,000.

The surviving kitten will remain in foster care at the Humane Society until it can be placed up for adoption.

Jaynee Harpe August 05, 2012 at 12:27 AM
What do you mean, he COULD face jail time?! I'd love someone to suffocate him and throw him in the trash! Why are the innocents always the ones picked on. God Bless the little surviving kitten and God Bless his/her poor little littermates.
crazygirlroxy August 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
he should pay dearly what he has done is cruel but the pound should not be killing the cats either! when there out of time they kill them also ! such a cruel world we live in!
Stephanie Chen August 06, 2012 at 06:17 AM
What the heck is wrong with this man? All he had to do was drop them off at the Humane Society...disgusting!
Veronica Tagle August 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Cruelty to animals is NO joke, especially when the animal is small and defenseless like these newborn kittens were. There should be an "Animal Cruelty" registry for those that have been charged with this crime and they should not be able to be around ANY animals. The registry would work just like it does for sex offenders. Sorry, but I don't want ANYONE around my children OR animals that are completely SICK in the head to want to hurt them in any way, shape or form!
Henry Lee August 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/CA18696139A1603/Joe-Luis-Oceguera.html Too bad he wasn't still in jail for past offenses.
john kerr August 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Just deport him back to Mexico
Jean DeVito August 06, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I believe everyone here has made a very valid statment and I agree with them wholeheartedly. Happy that at least one kitten survived, but where is the mama cat? Where did he get these kittens?
Jimbo August 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Dear 'john kerr': "Just deport him back to Mexico"? I agree that this person should be punished to the fullest extent possible under law. But do you know something about his citizenship status that we don't?
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