White wound up spending $6,000 to clear his name. Between the city attorney's office that prosecuted him and the police and animal-control investigations, the case cost upward of $20,000.
"What really scares me about this whole thing is I'm a nice guy," White concluded. "I'm an animal lover. I could have gotten out of this by paying a $500 fine, but I can't do that. These things can come back to haunt you. I don't ever want to be sitting in a chair and explaining to someone that I was convicted of murdering a cat."