A cat has died after police said the animal was abused by a Waterbury man earlier this month, according to the animal control officer.
Police charged 39-year-old Brian Casson with animal cruelty and breach of peace after the incident on a bridge near South Leonard Street in Waterbury on Friday.
Eyewitnesses told police Casson appeared to be choking a small cat and proceeded to throw the animal into the Naugatuck River below.
Casson entered the river and had the cat with a makeshift noose around its neck, eyewitnesses told police. He was also seen pulling the cat under the water in an attempt to drown it.
The cat survived the initial attack, but the animal control said the animal was put down because it of it's injuries and it had feline leukemia.
Police said there will be no further charges against Casson.
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The search is on for a man witnesses saw abusing a cat on a bridge in Waterbury.