Ryan Oster of Derby was sentenced to 60 days in jail Sept. 23 in Harvey County District Court on three charges of animal cruelty.

A one-year probation was granted.

Oster was the first of three high-profile animal cruelty cases pending in the Harvey County courts.

Oster was charged with kicking a cat that later died at Caring Hands Humane Society but was found not guilty on that charge.

He was found guilty on misdemeanor charges he allegedly did not provide food or water to several cats for three days at a Newton apartment in January 2007.

In another case, Brandon Hayes of Newton was scheduled to be before a Harvey County judge for a preliminary hearing Friday, but that case was continued until 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 because a new attorney had to be appointed.

Hayes is charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty for allegedly killing four kittens with a claw hammer in May.

In a third case, Charles and R.J. Bowling are charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for allegedly neglecting horses in their care.

The Newton couple’s jury trial has been moved to Jan. 5.