Cat Thrower

By: AP
By: AP

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Police have arrested a Muskegon Heights man after they say he threw the family cat up to 20 times, possibly breaking the animal's back and leg.
Police say the 30-year-old man told them he found the cat eating his food on the kitchen counter, picked it up and threw it.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports the man eventually tossed the cat in a garbage can, thinking it was dead.
A police officer notified the West Michigan Society for the Protection and Care of Animals, and two SPCA workers came to the home.
Television stations WZZM and WOOD say the cat was treated at an area vet's office and is recovering.
The cat attack took place Monday night.


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  • by Dave Location: Hillsdale on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    The animal cruelty laws need to be updated now! To let such an abuser loose with just a slap on the wrist is encouragement to ALL abusers that they can do whatever they want and not pay for it. All animals should be given a basic right to be treated humanely. And when that right is knowingly violated, the abuser should serve hard time and severe fines; as if they had victimized a fellow human.
  • by Chris Location: dug out cave in mason on Jul 9, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    This man would do the same thing to a hungry human. Let this man starve for awhile, see what its like.
  • by Kitty on Jul 8, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    I think a good punishment would be working at an animal shelter and cleaning out all the cages everyday for a year during the day and 6 months in jail. If the cages are not cleaned properly he would be charged with a second offense of animal cruelty and would then spend an additional 2 years in jail.
  • by Quinn Location: Charlotte on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    I am always so sad to read stories like this, thankfully the animal is alive and taken away from the situation in this case.... I just hope that these horrible stories start waking people up to the fact that Michigan needs firmer animal cruelty laws and harsher animal cruelty punishments.
  • by Ellen Location: Jackson on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    This guy guy should be shot. But why waste the price of a bullit??
  • by Are You Serious? on Jul 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    Abusing animals is a sign of deeper emotional issues. Anyone who would do this to a cat because it got on the counter needs not a cat, but a bottle of medication. It would be nice to see this idiot who decided to kill a cat, probably in front of his children no less do some hard time for it.
  • by Trip on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    This man needs to have his back broken in two...but a man like that probably doesn't have a spine. I love cats, and the thought of that happening to one of mine makes me ill. He deserves A LOT of jail time or imprisonment.
  • by Karen Location: Parma on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    I think this guy needs to spend some serious time in jail with "Bubba'. Let 'Bubba' toss him around for a while.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    Well the way I see it, what ever happened to the cat needs to happen to him. If the cat has a broken back then he deserves one and if it has a broken leg he deserves one. No animal deserves to be treated like this and the person that has done this needs some serious thought about this and a good punishment done to them.
  • by kathie Location: ann arbor on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    I believe there ought to be strictor animal cruelty laws! Until there are some consequences to the idiots that would do such a thing(this is how serial killers start out)this behavior is tolerated in the eyes of the law. How sad!
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