CLEARWATER — The details below are as disturbing as the headline above.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on Thursday after police said he severed the head of the family cat, put it on a stick and displayed it in his backyard.
Joshua Daniel Pena-Cedillo now faces a felony charge of animal cruelty.
Here, according to Clearwater police, is what happened to the cat named Cinnamon:
Pena-Cedillo told police that he first attempted to kill Cinnamon by strangulation. He failed. Then he told police that he used a plastic bag to try to suffocate the pet.
Then, police said, Pena-Cedillo then used an ax to decapitate the cat. He took the severed head and displayed it next to the head of a stuffed animal that was also mounted on a stick.
What motivated the gruesome death of the family pet? He told officers that he wanted to “show what he was capable of to someone he was living with.”
Pena-Cedillo was booked into the Pinellas County jail. He is being held without bail at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.