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A 22-year-old man from Illinois has been accused of torturing and killing a number of kittens – and warning, Perezcious readers, the main points on this case are sickening.
Based on CWB Chicago, Thomas Martel was charged with 4 counts of animal torture and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after it the brutal homicide of not less than six kittens was found. Throughout his bail listening to on Tuesday afternoon, Cook dinner County Assistant State’s Lawyer Sarah Dale-Schmidt recounted the horrific particulars of the crime – through which she alleged the Chicago roofer drowned and microwaved the cats at his dwelling earlier than changing them with a lookalike.
The abuse got here to mild after Martel’s girlfriend contacted the police final month. Based on Dale-Schmidt, the girl began to grow to be suspicious of Thomas on Might 23 when an acquaintance despatched her a video of him oddly throwing a pillowcase into Lake Michigan. She then came upon that contained in the pillowcase was her boyfriend’s new kitten, Shelly.
A couple of days after Shelly’s sudden disappearance, Thomas bought an grownup male cat named Reggie and one other kitten – additionally named Shelly. He invited his girlfriend over to his dwelling to fulfill the cats on Might 26. Nothing else occurred for a couple of week till June 3. That day, Thomas had been allegedly consuming and “participating in narcotics utilization” when he put the brand new kitten into a bathtub of water. Dale-Schmidt mentioned the girlfriend allegedly witnessed him take away an unresponsive Shelly from the water and try to revive it by performing CPR together with his thumb.
The next day, Thomas informed his girlfriend that the kitten required extra chest compressions and took it into the toilet. However ten minutes later, he got here out and Shelly was lifeless. He then allegedly put the kitten right into a bag and threw it down the trash chute. So, so terrible.
Right here’s the place issues proceed to get twisted. Thomas instantly started to look on Craigslist for a brand new kitten that seemed just like the second. He ultimately discovered one in Indiana. And when he obtained the kitten, he named it Shelly. What the f**ok?!
On June 5, Thomas got here dwelling from work and knowledgeable his girlfriend he needed to show the third kitten easy methods to swim. Dale-Schmidt alleged he took it into the toilet. Hours later, Thomas allegedly eliminated a bag from the pantry that contained an merchandise “per a kitten.” That’s when he informed his girlfriend it was the brand new kitten’s physique inside – earlier than tossing her down the trash chute. And the cycle continued. As Decide Kelly McCarthy mentioned in court docket:
“We’re seeing a sample of going again repeatedly. Killing an animal, going out and get a substitute. Kill that one, get a substitute. Kill that one, get a substitute. And, sadly, this was allowed to proceed for a sustained time frame and quite a few animals misplaced their lives.”
He hopped on Craigslist once more to get one other kitten that seemed just like the others. Ultimately, the girlfriend informed Thomas he wanted to cease. However he refused to pay attention and kicked her out – solely to name her shortly afterward to ask for cash to purchase a brand new kitten. WTF?! He bought a fourth kitten. And as you’ll be able to guess, he named it Shelly once more.
He allegedly turned livid with the brand new cat after it urinated in its meals bowl. On the time, Thomas informed his girlfriend the feline wanted a shower. After half-hour within the toilet, he got here out with the kitten wrapped in a towel and chucked it down the trash chute once more. On June 7, he obtained one other kitten named Shelly.
And it wasn’t till June 18 that his girlfriend found the graphic movies and photos of Thomas with the fourth kitten. Dale-Schmidt shared the disturbing photographs in court docket, which confirmed the kitten nonetheless alive. Nonetheless, it was captioned “simply earlier than I murdered her.” The girlfriend despatched the footage to herself after which contacted the police.
Days later, she returned to Thomas’ house on June 23. The girlfriend found that Reggie was nonetheless high-quality – however the brand new kitten was lacking. Inside the house, there was additionally a revolting odor. When she spoke with Thomas about it, he informed her that he had murdered three cats within the microwave and put them within the pantry. OMG. The ladies seemed contained in the room and found the supply of the horrific odor: a black bag on the shelf.
The couple went to mattress that evening. Nonetheless, she known as the police at one level and informed officers to look contained in the pantry. When the authorities reduce open the bag, they found “a number of” elements of the kittens. That is so, so sick…
Thomas was taken in for a week-long psychological well being analysis earlier than ultimately turning himself in on Monday. In court docket, prosecutors mentioned he confessed to his girlfriend “he loved killing cats and he had been like that since he was eight years outdated.” Who is aware of what number of poor cats he’s killed since then… He additionally admitting to searching for new lookalike felines on Craigslist so his mom wouldn’t get suspicious.
Presently, the choose has ordered Thomas to pay $7,500 in bail. If he posts bail, McCarthy ordered that he put on an digital monitor and be banned from acquiring, controlling, or having any contact with any animals. Our hearts simply break for these cats. No animal ought to ever be handled to such despicable torture. Reactions to the case? Tell us within the feedback beneath.
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