ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The son of a Whitestown justice accused of torturing kittens was in court Wednesday. Joseph Sullivan is accused of binding the legs of two kittens with scotch tape.
Police say Sullivan got the kittens through a Craigslist advertisement.
According to investigators, Sullivan was found in the women's bathroom at the Gibson Road Town Park with the kittens, a lighter and a cardboard box. Police say Sullivan claims he was trying to keep them from getting out of the box.
More than a dozen animal advocates from Lainey's Army were at court.
"These judges need to do what's right. And by doing what's right is giving the max amount of fines or jail time or whatever it has to be. This cannot just be a slap on the hands anymore because it's getting worse," said Rebecca Yoxall of Lainey's Army.
In Oriskany Village Court, the judge announced that the Oneida County District Attorney recused himself. The case has been turned over to the Onondaga County District Attorney. That office will have 30 days to familiarize themselves with the evidence. After attorneys report back, a second court date will take a closer look at the charges.
Sullivan's attorney would not comment.