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Saturday, Nov 12, 2011County: Crawford
Alleged: Timothy Bart Riggs
The public defender's office has been appointed to represent a Van Buren man accused of killing a cat at his home across the street from the police department.
Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Gary R. Cottrell on Monday found there was enough evidence to hold Timothy Bart Riggs, 55, on suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said Riggs was booked into the Crawford County Detention on Saturday.
Riggs was arrested after Van Buren Police Officer Clay Wright heard Riggs screaming when Wright was leaving the police department on South 11th Street.
McCune said Wright then noticed Riggs was holding a dead cat by a rope which had been tied around the animal's neck.
Wright said Riggs told police he was "tired of the cat coming into his house."
Riggs pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.
The public defender's office entered the plea on Riggs' behalf and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.
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