Chattanooga man who wanted to 'play fetch' with bobcat sentenced to 80 hours of community service, $387 fine
The man who broke into a bobcat's cage at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center to "play fetch" with the animal will pay for his lapse in judgement.
Twenty-one year-old Cayden Melia will have to pay nearly $400 dollars and do 80 hours of community service for breaking into the bobcat cage in June. The community service will involve the removal of invasive plants at the center, and he's been banned from the exhibits at Reflection Riding.
Melia made a court appearance Tuesday.
He told police he was drinking and kayaking when he broke into Evi's (the bobcat) cage.
Melia was charged with vandalism and criminal trespassing. He's expected back in court on November 4th - to make sure he has completed all hours of community service and paid his dues.