Northern Michigan Teen Accused of Beheading Cat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A court hearing is set for next month in the case of a northern Michigan teenager who police say severed a cat's head.

Jonathan David Cook was arraigned this past week on a felony count of killing or torturing animals and is being held in the Grand Traverse County jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the 18-year-old at a Blair Township residence two weeks after prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for him.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Cook told police a cat bit him when he tried to pet it, so he fatally stabbed the animal.

The Grawn resident is accused of stuffing the cat's head in a plastic bag tied to his belt buckle.

Cook's hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2 in Traverse City.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    This kid is trouble. I'm glad they caught him before he 'moved up' to torturing or killing kids and adults! Lock him up away for life without parole!
  • by Batman Location: East Lansing on Nov 22, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Can I do the same with his head and place it on my utility belt?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    I do not understand why people think it is OK to harm an animal. I hope he gets a very long time in jail.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 21, 2010 at 09:57 PM
    you've got to be s%$&ing me. Wearing the cat's head on his belt buckle. Maybe when I get my next deer, I could mount the deer's head on the front of my truck, just like a hood ornament.
  • by amk on Nov 21, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    OMG what is wrong with people???? Maybe the cat bit him cause he knew what an idiot he was! I say make an example out of him. Max jail time! I'm sick and tired of reading stories like this.
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