The Oct. 19th incident of Gagnon allegedly abusing and torturing his girlfriend's white cat at the woman's 33 Minthal Drive residence was witnessed by a neighbor and neighborhood children who reported seeing Gagnon hanging the cat by her leash while the cat struggled feverishly to escape holding her claws over her head grabbing the leash that was strangling her.
The witness also saw Gagnon use the garden hose and aim the jet stream directly into the face and mouth of the cat who at that time was too weak to even fight back. When the neighbor reportedly went outside and faced Gagnon for torturing the cat, Gagnon turned his back on the neighbor and ignored her.
The NewBritainHerald.com reports the witness as stating:
"He swung the cat around a few times, then threw it on the ground. He then grabbed the cat by the scruff and the tail and turned it to look at its face. The cat was on the ground with its front paws weakly supporting its head off the ground..."
When Animal Control Officer Josh Karabin and Southington Police Officer Kevin Naranjo arrived, Gagnon's initial story began when he came home from work and saw the cat covered in blood and injured. He told authorities he had used the garden hose to wash the blood and feces off of the cat.
A veterinarian examination revealed the cat suffered from trauma to her face, ear, and tail. The cat has since been released back to her owner.
Gagnon's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5.
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