Nashville man accused of drowning cat in bathtub

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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.

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