Apr 14, 2010 8:31 PM by News First 5

Fort Carson Lt. pleads guilty to animal cruelty

An army lieutenant who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty has been ordered to do community service and give money to the Humane Society. 

In court on Wednesday, Erik Eisentraut said that he hit his roommate's cat, Maggie.  Humane Society documents show Maggie, a 2-and-a-half-year-old chocolate Point Birman, suffered major injuries from the blow, including two broken ribs and head trauma.  They also show Eisentraut originally said a guitar fell on the cat but then told a different story. It happened on Feb. 14.

He's been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay the Humane Society.  He also has to take a mental health evaluation.

The cat belonged to Eisentraut's roommate, Jennifer Branch.  "I love my cat very much," she said. "I never thought this would happen to her.   I broke a promise to her when I adopted her from the Humane Society last June that I would give her the greatest life a cat could have.

"The district attorneys office is satisfied with the outcome because we have a defendant who took responsibility for his crime," said Kathleen Walsh, a spokeswoman.

Fort Carson confirmed Eisentraut is a 1st Lt. With the 4th Infantry Division. On his own, he paid for the cat's medical bills, which totaled more than $7000, and took an anger management class.

The judge will review the results of the mental health evaluation at the next court date on April 28.



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