A 17-year-old boy has been charged with cruelty to an animal in the killing of a cat that was found stuffed in a duffle bag in a garbage can in an east-side park last month.
The boy walked into the police station in Owen Sound with his parents Saturday “and admitted to killing the cat,” Sgt. Sandra Green said in an Owen Sound Police Service news release.
Police issued a news release May 23 that said a usually indoor cat was inadvertently let out of a family home in the area of 16th St. and 3rd Ave. E. The family began to search the area for the grey shorthaired cat and eventually found it dead in a garbage can in a park in the area.
On Sunday, police said their appeal for information resulted in a witness coming forward.
The person gave officers a description of a male who was seen carrying a black duffle bag in the area of the house. The same male was later seen leaving the area of the park without the duffle bag, the release said.
“In their media release from the 23rd of May, the police did not mention the body of the cat had been found in a duffle bag. The investigating officer was able to follow-up on that information and identify a possible suspect; the young male who turned himself into police.”
Police are not providing any additional information on the case, the release said, “except to say the general cat population was not in danger.”
The youth charged Saturday was released to his parents on several conditions, one of which is not to have care or control of an animal or bird.