An Austin Resident was recently placed in custody and accused of killing his girlfriend’s cat. According to the authorities, the individual has a long history of mental health issues, including one suicide attempt. The man was charged with cruelty towards non-live stock animals.
Austin Resident Took Cat Game Too Far
Jonathan Wong, a 28-year-old Austin resident, was recently brought up on charged of animal cruelty after the authorities discovered that he ‘accidentally’ drowned his girlfriend’s cat while fooling around in the bathroom.
The chain of events leading to Wong’s arrest begun on Saturday morning, at approximately 7 a.m. Fearing for her boyfriend’s life, the woman called the emergency number and told the operator that Wong felt suicidal.
Several officers were dispatched to conduct a routine welfare check at Wong’s house on S.1st Street. Upon arriving at Wong’s apartment, the officers found the man in an apparent state of distress and decided to investigate further.
When they’ve entered Wong’s bathroom, the officer found the body of a cat floating in the water. Wong was arrested and charged with animal abuse.
According to the suspect’s affidavit, the man was merely playing with the cat in the tub and had no intention of killing it. Apparently, Wong locked the feline in a plastic container which he then placed under water, ‘careful’ enough to leave room for the cat to breath.
Wong also admitted that the cat was trying to claw its way out of the closed container and that he continued to keep it underwater despite the animal’s struggle. When he saw that the cat stopped moving, he decided to remove the plastic container from the bathtub.
Moreover, the report mentions that this is not the first time the Austin resident attempted to submerge cats in his tub, two more felines being subjected to this treatment. Wong’s girlfriend also stated that the reason why she called the authorities is that Wong tried to injure her cat a day before.
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