A West Alabama pet owner is speaking out after the neighbor accused of killing her cats has been charged with felony animal cruelty.
Monday, Tina Ingram was arrested after a Tuscaloosa grand jury indicted her on a felony animal cruelty charge.
Ingram is accused of killing Amy Fondren's two cats, Brave and Sipsey, by allegedly putting them in a cat carrier and leaving them in a hot SUV for days in August 2013. Their bodies were found at a dump site.
Ingram and Fondren were next door neighbors at the time. Investigators say they got into some sort of argument which led to the cars being killed.
Initally Ingram was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
"The pain and suffering that myself and my children have to go through has been unbearable," Fondren said. "But we are getting through it. And thank God Sipsey and Brave will have justice after all."
Fondren has been pushing for a felony animal cruelty charge against Ingram since last Summer. Fondren even started an online petition. She's hoping Ingram gets the maximum punishment. Fondren also hopes to help other pet owners who may be in similar situations.
"Our pets are our family. And I do believe that more families should come forward and push for justice," Fondren said. "Its just overlooked so often and its just really sad these animals have to go through what they do."
Prosecutors did offer Ingram a plea deal back in September, but she declined the offer. If convicted on this aggravated animal cruelty charge, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
FOX6 News did call Ingram's attorney for comment. So far, we haven't heard anything back.
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