10/09/2014 06:14 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

Cat killer avoids jail but B.C. judge notes court of public opinion against him

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Kamloops, B.C., man who was convicted of killing his pet cat has avoided a jail sentence but a judge noted the court of public opinion will continue to be against him for some time.

Steven Seidel was found guilty in June of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal.

Court heard that in March 2013, Seidel strangled his cat, named Oreo, partly because he was angry that the animal was urinating and defecating in the apartment he shared with his then-pregnant girlfriend.

Provincial court Judge Chris Cleaveley cited the publicity regarding Seidel’s case as a mitigating factor in sentencing him, saying the backlash isn't over yet.

The Crown called for a six-month jail term, but Cleaveley handed Seidel a nine-month conditional sentence to be served in the community.

Seidel will have to abide by a strict curfew for four months, complete 40 hours of community service by January and is banned from owning animals for five years. (Kamloops This Week)