Man Kills 9-Week Old Kitten, Batters Girlfriend During Domestic Dispute
SPRING HILL – A domestic dispute turned violent Sunday after officials say a man attacked his live-in girlfriend and killed her pet kitten.
According to reports, 33-year-old Jacob Paul Powell became enraged during a verbal altercation with the victim and pushed her to the floor, causing her to strike her head. The victim claims Powell then grabbed her by the wrists and ankles, leaving visible scratches. Officials say Powell became so violent that he picked up “Rajah,” a 9-week old kitten, and killed it. When the victim confronted Powell about the kitten’s death, he responded “I was pissed off so I killed her.” When the victim tried to call 911 to report the attack, Powell smashed it on the floor and threw it in the toilet.
During an interview with deputies, Powell denied battering the victim and killing the kitten but admitted to destroying the phone.
Powell was taken into custody and charged with Domestic Battery, Tampering with a Witness, and Animal Cruelty. Powell remains behind bars at the Hernando County Jail on an $8,000 bond.
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