By Jim Hagerty
WEST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Chester County, Pennsylvania, man is facing animal cruelty charges after police allege he fed a kitten heroin and tried to choke it to death.
Police say the crime took place Sunday, Aug. 3, at around 4:45 a.m., when they spotted a car stopped in the middle of Dunwoody Drive.
Officers spotted 24-year-old James Myers, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, inside. The cat was found bleeding and unconscious, with a rope around its neck.
Officers also recovered dozens of needles and several bundles of heroin, a good portion of which Myers allegedly fed the cat.
Myers also allegedly knocked out several of the kitten’s teeth.
The cat was quickly injected with Narcan, a drug used to save humans from heroin overdoses, West Whiteland Police Officer Marc Meshurle said.
As of this writing, the kitten is recovering, although officials do not know if it will suffer permanent brain damage.
Meanwhile, Myers has been charged with possession of heroin and heroin paraphernalia and animal cruelty. It is not known if he’s hired an attorney.