A man has been sentenced to one to four years in prison for killing a cat by smashing it against a porch railing and stomping on it.

Teddy Dennis, 54, of Pontiac pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of another person's animal.Witnesses said Dennis became angry on March 13 because his neighbor's cat was crying, so he beat it over the railing and threw it in the yard.

When he realized the cat wasn't dead, Dennis stomped on it with his heel and tossed it into a garbage can, witnesses testified.