Police in Boulder, Colorado, arrested a 21 year-old woman after her boyfriend alleged that she killed their house cat by killing heroin smoke in its face.
Authorities arrived at the residence of Danielle Blankenship, 21, at around 11:30 in the morning on Tuesday in response to allegations from her boyfriend that she hit him in the face.
When the police arrived, the noticed Muffin, Blankenship’s cat, lying at the base of the home’s staircase. When the cat failed to respond to the authorities’ prodding, the boyfriend said Blankenship had been smoking heroin and blowing the smoke in the cat’s face.
According to the Daily Camera, the cat was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where veterinarians began treating it for poisoning. The cat was later transported to Boulder Emergency Pet Clinic, where it died at around 6:30 p.m.
Although the cat didn’t show any signs of abuse, animal control experts with the Boulder police said the cat’s condition was consistent with some sort of poisoning.
Blankenship has pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree assault and misdemeanor animal cruelty. A toxicology and necropsy report are being performed on the cat to determine if there were drugs in the animal’s system.
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