A Lincoln teen who used a hatchet to kill a cat has been given probation for animal cruelty and must write an essay.
The 18-year-old was sentenced on Tuesday. The 250-word essay must cover the hunting and trapping laws of Nebraska and South Dakota, where his father lives.
Police received a report last November about a pool of blood in a driveway. Officers twice talked to the teen, who lived nearby and was 17 at the time. During the second interview, he said the blood belonged to a cat that got caught in a squirrel trap. He couldn't free the cat's leg, so he struck the animal with a hatchet and disposed of it.