January 19, 2012
Phoenix, Ariz. (The Weekly Vice) - Russell Hofstad, a 24-year-old Arizona man, was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly skinned and gutted a cat before using its tail as a costume accessory.
According to police, officers were dispatched to a warehouse near the Sky Harbor Airport after receiving a call of a suspected burglar.
When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered Hofstad, whose face had been painted and appeared to be intoxicated.
A search of the warehouse turned up a dead cat which had been skinned and gutted. The animal's internal organs were found in a nearby cooler.
Screwdrivers and a pair of clippers were found near the cat's body. The animal's carcass was also missing a leg, which Hofstad presumably ate.
Investigators say Hofstad stated that he hadn't eaten for several days, so he beat the cat with a stick and then stabbed it to death.
Around Hofstad's neck was the cat's tail and internal organs dangling from a rope. He told police that he planned to save the cat's skeleton as a party decoration.
Hofstad explained that he had recently been released from jail and didn't have anywhere else to go. The warehouse is a known venue for garage band performances and raves.
He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with felony counts of criminal damage to property, animal cruelty and burglary.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 9:52:00 PM
Russell Hofstad - Jailed After Skinning And Eating Cat, Wearing Cat's Tail As Decoration