A man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for bludgeoning a cat on Christmas Day more than three years ago.

It took a car crash in Nelson, B.C., earlier this month for authorities to locate and arrest on an outstanding warrant the suspect in the cat beating.

In addition to the jail time, David Wayne Canaday was also fined $50 after pleading guilty, the B.C. SPCA said.

“It’s been a long haul,” said Erika Paul, the B.C. SPCA special provincial constable who investigated the case.

Canaday was spending the holidays in Duncan, on Vancouver Island, with a family and their female cat, Goober, on Dec. 25, 2006.

The family went out and returned home to find their pet sprawled on the floor covered in blood. Goober was rushed to the vet and euthanized.

Paul said it didn’t look like an accident when she visited the home.

“There was blood spatter throughout the house, there were claw marks on the walls and windowsills, and there were large holes in the walls that appeared to have been made by the broom handle,” she said.

Canaday has also been ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment.