Put yourself in this picture: You’re having a disagreement with a relative. The argument turns physical, escalating into a punching and shoving contest.
If it’s hard to imagine yourself engaging in such behavior unbecoming an adult, you’ll find it impossible to guess what happens next: Namely, you produce a Swiss Army knife and proceed to stab your cousin’s cat to death.
That is what 31-year-old Tish Coleman is accused of having done. The Chicago Tribune reports that Coleman was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal and misdemeanor domestic battery.
Police say that the altercation began after 8 p.m. Friday in the apartment that Coleman shares with her cousin. When what started as a heated discussion spun out of control, Coleman began punching her 26-year-old cousin in the face and tearing her shirt.
She then headed outside where she noticed the cousin’s brown-and-white which lived with them. Although the cousin (whose name has been withheld) didn’t witness the fatal stabbing, she later discovered her 1-year-old feline injured and bleeding in the building’s stairwell with puncture wounds on its left side. The cat was rushed to a vet but succumbed to its wounds.
Coleman was still “covered in blood” when police arrested her. Despite that smoking gun, as well as the fact that the bloodstained weapon was in her purse, she denies having harmed the animal.
Coleman is being held on $75,000 bond.
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