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Case ID: 19222
Classification: Beating
Animal: cat
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Monday, Jan 23, 2012

County: Yankton

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Mary Thompson

A Yankton woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly pummeled a cat to death with a hammer.

Mary Thompson, 52, Yankton, was arrested Monday for killing or injuring an animal, which is a misdemeanor.

According to a police report, the manager of Canyon Ridge Apartments called police at 11:40 a.m. Monday and said she had witnessed Thompson killing a cat.

The manager said she had gone to visit Thompson about having two cats in her apartment. Tenants are allowed to have only one.

Thompson had previously told the manager she would be giving one of the cats away. Upon being told that both cats still resided in the apartment, the manager again told Thompson that another home would have to be found for one of them.

At that point, the manager told police, Thompson went to the kitchen, grabbed a small hammer and went to the couch where one of the cats was resting. She then allegedly grabbed the cat by the neck and began to strike it on the head with the hammer.

The manager said she began screaming and fled the apartment in fear because of what she had observed.

Another witness said he later saw Thompson holding what appeared to be a bag and leaving the apartment complex. A blanket was later found in a dumpster near the apartment.

According to a police report, Thompson admitted to police that she had killed the cat and disposed of it in the dumpster before being arrested.

Police chief Brian Paulsen said a search warrant was executed on the apartment Tuesday to see if the second cat was alive and to recover evidence.


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