BRISTOL - A Bristol man has been accused of beating his roommateâ€™s cat to death.
Police say Jonathan Ely, 27, of 56 Ingraham Place, caused injuries to the cat that resulted in bleeding in its liver, spleen, abdominal cavity, lungs and kidney.
The cat, named Gus, was found dead on Aug. 24 in an apartment Ely and the catâ€™s owner shared.
The owner, who works at the same business as Ely, arrived home from his shift about 45 minutes after his roommate. He told police he found a number of destroyed cardboard boxes on the floor. The boxes were supposed to be for the cat to play with.
When the roommate confronted Ely, he said that if he couldnâ€™t get a ride to work that morning, then the roommateâ€™s cat couldnâ€™t have the boxes, according to the warrant. The roommate then found his cat dead in his bedroom on the floor. He took the cat and went to a friendâ€™s house, where he called police.
A necropsy was performed on the cat, which determined that it had died from blunt trauma that caused internal bleeding.
When police talked to Ely about the cat, he said he had found Gus in the kitchen cabinets when he arrived home from work, so he grabbed it by the back of its neck and put it on the floor, according to the warrant. He said he then used his boot to push the cat toward his roommateâ€™s living space, adding that he â€śbarely touchedâ€ť Gus, the warrant continued.
After further discussion, investigators wrote in the warrant, Ely told police that it was possible he used more force than he thought or that, as Ely was wearing steel-toe boots, the cat may have turned when he used his foot to push him away, causing the cat to be kicked in the face.
Police did not immediately charge Ely. A warrant for his arrest was later signed, charging him with one count of cruelty to animals. State prosecutors have upgraded the charge to first-degree maliciously wounding or killing an animal.
Ely, who is being held on $15,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 4.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.