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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