Although a witness said the animal was a cat, Hernandez said it was a rabid raccoon, the Herald reported.
On Friday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Nushin Sayfie, who watched the video, said she thought Hernandez was telling the truth.
"I don't think jail time is appropriate," said Sayfie, who also stressed that a raccoon should not be "treated in that manner."
Sayfie also issued a "withhold of adjudication" instead of a conviction in the case, so he "won't be considered a felon," the Herald reported.
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