Probation is the punishment for setting cat on fire

A man who helped burn a cat alive after tying its legs with a cord received probation in Indiana, according to media reports.

Noah A. Riley, 20, received a suspended sentence and two years supervised probation after he was found guilty Friday in Montgomery County court of torturing or mutilating an animal, the Journal Review reported. Riley served 96 days in jail after his arrest, so he received credit for that jail time.

A juvenile in a relationship with Riley participated in the torture, which occurred in January, according to several media reports based on court files. The two reportedly attended a church study group hours earlier, the Journal & Courier reported.

The cat was covered in gasoline before it was set on fire, media reported. Riley left the site in a vehicle after the fire was started.

A nearby resident saw the burning cat and called police, according to a Daily Mail story.

The cat died from its injuries despite treatment from the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, which Riley was ordered to pay about $3,000, according to the Journal Review.