In November of 2016, a cat was found duct taped in Grand Traverse County. Mykhaylo Narolskyy, a Ukranian, has been charged with abandonment/cruelty to an animal. He appeared in court for his arraignment on Friday, April 21st and pleaded not guilty through a translator. He will receive a court appointed attorney and an observer in court noted that the trial date will be May 11th. The Judge in the case is Michael S. Stepka who grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City Central High School and went on to graduate from NMC, Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit School of Law.
Animal advocates in the county, with the help of Jennifer Isbell with Pet Friends Magazine, have put together a petition to present to the Prosecutor and the Judge so that they know that the community takes this crime seriously and wants the maximum sentencing imposed. The signers of the petition are asking for the maximum sentence of 92 days in jail, $1000 fine and 200 hours of community service in addition to Narolskyy not being allowed to own animals and requiring that he cover the cost of the cat’s veterinary care.
You can sign the petition outside the entrance to the Traverse City library this Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 3 pm. Signatures of Grand Traverse County residents are especially needed on the petition, however anyone who is concerned about the case can sign it.
It has also been learned that Ronnie passed away of cancer a few months ago. As sad as that news is, many animal lovers in Traverse City hope that justice can be served for him in this case. A maximum sentence would also serve as a message to other potential abusers that animal cruelty will be taken seriously in our county.