A Shawnee man was cited over the weekend for animal abuse for the drowning of a cat outside a Lake Waukomis residence in the Northland.
The man told police he simply meant to dispose of a vicious cat, and he was unaware that a neighbor and two children saw him plunge the caged cat underneath the water, according to a police report.
“If you’re going to do something like that, which is unnecessary … take it to the vet or give it to Wayside Waifs or some other animal shelter,” said Pete Edlund, a police investigator and an assistant to the Lake Waukomis police chief.
The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. Sunday while the man was visiting his fiancee at her residence on North Shore Drive.
The man, whose name was not released, told police the cat had bitten and scratched his fiancee and another person. He said he decided to drown the cat because it was vicious.
So the man held the cat under water for about five minutes, according to the police report.
When the thrashing stopped, the man pulled the carrier out of the water. By then, the man noticed a neighbor calling out to him. He saw the neighbor sitting on her deck along with two children. He told the neighbor he had a problem and dealt with it.
Officers arrived and questioned the man, who told them what he did and where he disposed of the cat. Police gave the man a citation for allegedly violating the city’s animal-abuse ordinance.
Edlund said the man was released because he did not have a criminal past or a reported history of abusing animals. He is scheduled to appear in municipal court on Aug. 20.