Colorado man gets probation for tossing kitten off balcony
Rocky Mountain News
A man who threw his girlfriend’s kitten off a third-floor balcony to its death was sentenced to 18 months probation today in Jefferson County District Court.
Joel Turowski, 21, had pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty.
He told his girlfriend, Courtney Fredrich, that he “smashed its head in” after the 10-week-old kitten wouldn’t stop biting him, according to the arrest affidavit.
The couple had an argument earlier that day and Fredrich was staying with a friend.
A maintenance man for the Mesa Verde Apartments in Wheat Ridge found the dead kitten on the sidewalk in front of the building on Oct. 17.
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Turowski gave police several different versions of what happened.
He said he returned to the apartment after a heated argument with Fredrich to find that the cats had “crapped” all over the apartment.
He contended that he didn’t mean to kill the kitten, but that the kitten’s head became stuck in the door when he was closing it while trying to put the cat outside.
He also said the kitten went over the balcony while he was trying to disentangle its claws from his jacket sleeve.
During his statement to police, the affidavit said, Turowski tucked his head between his legs with his hands over his head, began rocking back and forth and said,”I don’t want to go to jail, I really don’t want to go.”
Turowski also must perform 40 hours of community service.