Joseph Petcka, the former Mets minor leaguer who killed his girlfriend's 7-pound cat, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty in exchange for doing 500 hours of community service. The Daily News reports that the offer "seemed to surprise" Petcka's defense lawyer, Charles Hochbaum, who said, "Wow! We're prepared to take that right now." Previously, the Manhattan DA's office took Petcka to court, but it ended in mistrial as the jury was deadlocked (a felony animal cruelty conviction would have sent him to jail). Petcka, who previously said he was sorry, told the News, "I like having the community service. I just hope what I do will make a difference in people's opinions of me."