Acea Schomaker (left), of Lincoln, Nebraska, the doper who stuffed his kitten, Shadow (below), in a bong to calm her down, has been sentenced to a 90-day jail term and $1,171.30 in restitution to go to the Capital Humane Society for its care of Shadow, who has since been adopted.
The judge, Gale Pokorny, asked Schomaker if he had anything to say. Shomaker said, “I screwed up big time, and there’s nothing I can do to take it back.”
In a meeting with a probation officer, Schomaker said he got the idea marijuana smoke would calm the cat, which nipped and scratched him. The day he was arrested, he told deputies he was trying to figure out a way to control the cat without hitting her, as her former owner had.
He said he grabbed Shadow by the scruff of the neck and put her in the box, quickly closing the lid.
“It’s so ridiculous they’re calling me an animal abuser,” he told the probation officer. “I would not be wasting pot on it.”
Schomaker admitted he had been disciplining the cat by putting it in the bong for about three weeks, maybe a couple of times a week.
Shomaker’s fiance, Marissa Vieux, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and $450 restitution for her role in the abuse.