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Case ID: 18315
Classification: Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation
Animal: cat
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Friday, Jul 22, 2011

County: Otoe

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Eric Inman

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Nebraska man is charged with animal cruelty after police said he strangled two of his family's cats.

Nebraska City, Neb., police Capt. Lonnie Neeman said that 47-year-old Eric Inman's wife and children left their house following a July 22 argument. So, Neeman said, he called her and said she needed to come home or he'd kill a third cat.

Neeman said officers found two cats buried in the yard. A vet examined them and determined the cause of death was strangulation.

Neeman said Inman told officers the cats were old and sickly and would soon need to be euthanized.

He was released after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

He has since been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty, which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Inman is due in Otoe County Court on Aug. 22. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

A number listed for Inman rang unanswered Thursday.

Case Updates

A Nov. 1 trial date was set in Otoe County District Court Tuesday for Eric Inman, 47, who entered not guilty pleas to intentional cruelty of animals on July 22.

Prosecutors say Inman strangled two family cats after threatening to do it in a text message to his wife.

Investigators later participated removing the cats from a grave that had been dug in the yard.

At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Randall Rehmeier amended the provisions of Inman's bond to lift a no contact order with his wife.

Otoe County Attorney David Partsch said he remains concerned about the domestic issues at the root of these charges.

"The abuse of these animals was done in a manner for use in control issues with his spouse," Partsch said.
Source: - Sep 20, 2011
Update posted on Sep 21, 2011 - 12:09AM 


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