NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man accused of drowning his cat in a bathtub is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty, Metro police say.
According to an arrest affidavit, a Metro Animal Care and Control Officer responded to a call to speak with Timothy Martel about a cat bite he had received.
Martel reportedly said he has anger issues and his cat had been hiding from him.
According to the affidavit, the 36-year-old told the officer that he then beat his cat, which bit him.
In response, Martel said he then drowned the cat in a bathtub. He also reportedly kept the deceased cat in a bag and showed it to the animal control officer.
The cat’s body was taken to the Kord Diagnostic Laboratory for a necropsy.
Martel is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. His bond is set at $35,000 and he is due in court on Thursday.