Christopher Lang and Lori Tasney of Quincy, Mass. are being charged with animal cruelty after the police believe they killed a cat by way of a clothes dryer, according to The Patriot Ledger. Lang and Tasney pleaded not guilty, were let out on $10,000 and $5,000 cash bail respectively, and are set to return to Quincy District Court on November 7, 2013.
Kitty, a pure-bred Ragdoll who won blue ribbons at pet shows, was a 5 year old cat belonging to Dana Hamilton and her father Richard Babineau of Quincy. Lang and Tasney were babysitting Hamilton's 2 year old daughter when the incident is said to have happened, April 30, 2013 and May 1, 2013.
Hamilton discovered her deceased cat on May 1 lying outside near the basement door. Kitty was an indoor cat and the basement door had been unlocked.
“This cat died after repeated blunt force trauma and hyperthermia with bruising to the head and face, broken teeth, bleeding into the eyes and pulmonary contusions,” read the necropsy report by Martha Smith-Blackmore, an Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarian. “Injuries were consistent with having been tumbled to death in a dryer.”
Hamilton called the police when she noticed the lint trap in her dryer was full of cat fur.
Detective Thomas Pepdjonovic of the Quincy Police Department investigated the case. This is the same detective who is investigating the death of Puppy Doe.
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