August 30, 2008
Muncie, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) -- Zachariah White, a 21 year old Muncie, Indiana man has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty, possession of marijuana and public intoxication after police say he abused a cat in a fit of anger after his girlfriend broke off their relationship.
According to investigators, a woman contacted police from a gas station phone booth around 1:00 Wednesday, complaining that her boyfriend had abused the cat during an argument she and her boyfriend were having.
The woman told officers that her intoxicated boyfriend became enraged and began punching walls when she told him that she was leaving him. The woman went on to say that she asked her boyfriend if he thought he was Muhammad Ali, to which he allegedly replied "no I'm Zach White, the tight end for the Winchester Golden Falcons."
The woman told police that White then picked up the kitten and punted it across the room, striking a ceiling fan. The kitten then fell to the ground, seemingly in great pain and unable to walk.
Police took the kitten and the woman to an animal control officer who performed several tests and concluded that the animal's back had likely been broken in the impact.
"We found the animal foaming at the mouth, possibly broken back, crushed ribs, pretty much almost dead," said Ron White with Muncie Animal Care and Control. "We don't like to see animals suffer, so we euthanized the animal. No animal should have to live in cruelty."
Ron White went on to add, "If you're abusing an animal, there is a chance later on you are going to be abusing other things."
Authorities located White at the apartment and arrested him. While at the apartment, authorities also recovered an undisclosed amount of marijuana from White's possession and performed a blood alcohol test, which resulted in a 0.089 BAC.
White has been charged with felony animal cruelty, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.
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