MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Police have arrested the owner of a cat who was found duct-taped and dead in the Manitowoc River.
Authorities are recommending a felony charge of mistreating an animal against the 49-year-old Manitowoc man.
Police Detective Mike Stone says the man told investigators he was feeling suicidal and decided to kill the cat instead, a pet he had for about ten years.
A fisherman found the cat in the river Sunday. Stone says the animal's head and legs were taped. He says citizen tips led to the cat's owner.
The Herald Times Reporter (http://tinyurl.com/8t2trpd ) says a veterinarian who performed a necropsy determined the cat was suffocated and was probably dead before it was placed in the river.
Information from: Herald Times Reporter, http://www.htrnews.com