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Felony alleged in kitten death

Meier

The kitten was only 5 months old.

Her name was Pixie May and she was just a little white ball of fluff.

Why John A. Meier allegedly got so angry with the tiny animal that he threw her on the floor hard enough to kill her Feb. 11 depends on who tells the story.

Meier, 22, of the 4900 block of Northcrest Drive, told police he threw the kitten because she jumped on the bed a few times while Meier's girlfriend dressed their baby.

He was charged Thursday with felony killing a domestic animal and misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Meier's girlfriend, however, told police the kitten never jumped on the bed.

She said Meier was angry she bathed and dressed their baby without him, and the kitten was under the bed with the dog before Meier grabbed the kitten and threw her, a probable cause affidavit said.

Meier threw the kitten in a trash bin before police and Animal Care & Control arrived, the affidavit said.

He told police the kitten jumped on the bed three times while he and his girlfriend dressed the baby, so he threw the kitten on the ground.

When interviewed by police, Meier admitted he and his girlfriend were arguing because Meier wanted to help bathe and dress the baby, but he still maintained the kitten jumped on the bed.

A necropsy, an animal autopsy, was performed and showed the kitten died from extreme physical trauma that resulted in bruising of the heart and asphyxiation from blood in her lungs from internal bleeding.

Meier was not in custody Friday but a warrant was issued for his arrest.

cmeyers@jg.net

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