A Southington man was arrested after police said he severely abused and tortured his girlfriend's cat earlier this month.
A neighbor reported to police that they saw Christopher R. Gagnon, 24, abuse a white cat outside his home on Minthal Drive.
The cat was on a leash and tethered to a pole in Gagnon's backyard, court documents said.
Gagnon, who first denied the allegations of animal abuse, admitted to police that he only gave the cat water via a garden hose.
According to court documents, when Gagnon returned home one day, he told police the cat was injured, bloody and covered with feces. So, he "decided to give it a bath," court documents stated.
"(Gagnon) picked the cat up by the leash. The cat was dangling from the leash off the ground. Gagnon then swung the cat by the leash, back and forth a few times, and lobbed the cat onto the grass," court documents said.
The witness told police that Gagnon sprayed the cat in the face for five minutes with the garden hose, only about three feet away from the animal. The cat did not have enough energy to move out of the way, court documents said.
The neighbor asked Gagnon what he was doing to the animal. Gagnon did not answer, but stopped spraying the cat at that time.
The incident was also witnessed by the neighbor's children, court documents said.
"It was clear to her ( the witness), that Gagnon was torturing the cat and not cleaning it," court documents said.
Gagnon was arrested on Oct. 19 and charged with animal cruelty and second-degree breach of peace.
Gagnon was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday and has not entered a plea. His next court appearance is on Dec. 5.
Gagnon was released on a $500 bond.
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