A District man has been sentenced to six months in jail for abusing two kittens, prosecutors said.

Eric Gaskin, 39, purchased two kittens in May 2012, brought them to his sister's house and then used clippers in an effort to declaw the animals or amputate their toes, according to the District's U.S. Attorney's Office. After the procedure, the kittens were unable to walk.

The defendant's sister noticed the kittens' injuries and alerted the Washington Humane Society. But the animals were so badly hurt that they had to be euthanized. Doctors found that most of the bones in the kittens' legs and feet had been crushed as the creatures tried to free themselves during the mauling.

Gaskin pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty in November. On Friday, a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced him to 360 days in jail, with all but 180 days suspended.