B.P. man denies hanging cat

Published 10:34 am Friday, January 23, 2009

A man has been questioned in the death of a cat found burned in Austin.

The 34-year-old Blooming Prairie suspect denied killing the cat, but admitted to disposing of the animal’s remains by burning.

According to an Austin Police Department report, police were called to a residence in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest Jan. 14.

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Acting on a tip, the remains of one of two house cats was found in a fire pit behind the Fourth Avenue Southwest residence.

According to a police update issued today, the suspect told investigators the cat hung itself when it became entangled in ribbons or strings while playing at the Fourth Avenue Southwest house.

He also admitted to attempting to dispose of the animal’s remains by burning.

The suspect has a Blooming Prairie address, but was staying with friends at the southwest Austin residence at the time of the incident.

No charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.

According to the police update, when the investigation is completed, the official report will be forwarded to the Mower County attorney for review and possible charges.