OMAHA, Neb. — A man who tried to mellow out his cat by stuffing her into a homemade bong is facing criminal charges—and catcalls from animal lovers. Authorities cited a 20-year-old man on suspicion of animal cruelty Sunday after catching him smoking marijuana from a contraption that had a cat stuffed inside its 12-inch by 6-inch base.
The man told Lancaster County sheriff's deputies the 6-month-old female named Shadow had been hyper and that he was trying to calm her down.
The cat was taken to the Capital Humane Society, where she appeared to be in good condition Monday, executive director Bob Downey said.
"What the human mind doesn't invent, huh?" Downey said.
Deputies discovered the cat trapped in the device after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a residence the suspect shares with his grandfather, Sgt. Andy Stebbing said.
Deputies resolved the dispute and left the house, but they returned minutes later after discovering there was an arrest warrant on the suspect for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Upon re-entering the house, Stebbing said, deputies saw the suspect smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to the duct-taped, plastic glass box, in which the cat had been stuffed.
"This cat was just dazed," Stebbing said. "She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society."
The suspect was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and taken to the Lancaster County Jail on the arrest warrant. He was released after paying a $400 fine.
Now he faces new charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from Sunday.
Stebbing said the animal cruelty charge could be raised to a felony if the cat dies or is found to have suffered injury.
Downey said tests would be done to determine whether the cat suffered lung damage.
"To the eye, the cat looks OK," he said. "It cowers in the back of its cage like it's a little bit afraid but, obviously, given the way it's been treated, that's not surprising to me at all."
Swims Canine Friend is very interested in how this combination works (MJ & Feline mix); although he thinks all feline effects would probably be placebo...
And SWIM might need a hit off that contraption after all the gross pet abuse we've seen in recent months... This includes:
- Paul Wood -- the Pennsylvania man accused of throwing the family cat at his wife, giving new meaning to "the fur will fly";
- Matthew Selk -- the Floridian who fatally stabbed his girlfriend's cat, dumping it in a Outback Steakhouse Dumpster, and Raymon Knez Jr. who took out his rage on two dogs and six cats -- all while his girlfriend's children watched;
Photo Courtesy of Lancaster County (Neb.) Sheriff's Dept.
- And then, there's the legal saga of Diane Sue Whalen of Oklahoma, who was charged with crimes against nature after police found more than 150 movies of her having sex with her dogs.
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