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Afton, Minn., man allegedly strangled cat to death during tirade

An Afton man was charged with a felony after he allegedly strangled a cat to death after a domestic disturbance at his home.

Washington County deputies were called March 14 to the home of Thomas Allen Disselkamp for a domestic disturbance report.

According to a criminal complaint:

When officers arrived, a man later identified as Disselkamp hollered at them to go away. After seeing lights in the house going out and blinds being closed, deputies took up positions outside the residence, where they discovered a dead cat.

While they waited, other authorities reached the alleged victim and took a statement from her. The woman said Disselkamp started drinking earlier in the day and continued to drink while they were at a concert in Minneapolis, where Disselkamp became angry and belligerent.

When they got home to Afton, Disselkamp allegedly asked the woman, "What would you think if I took a knife and slit your throat," the complaint states.

The woman attempted to get away from Disselkamp, but he pursued her and provoked an argument about the family cat. After becoming upset that another family member might acquire the family cat of 10 years, Disselkamp was witnessed strangling the cat, the complaint states.

"(The woman) heard this awful screeching noise from out in the garage," according to the complaint. "She said the noise was loud and unforgettable."

Fearful that Disselkamp might do more, the woman left the house and called police.

Officers on March 18 executed an arrest warrant on Disselkamp, citing his escalating behavior, his refusal to respond to officers and the risk he posed to himself and others.

Disselkamp was later charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a felony, and misdemeanor domestic assault. He was released March 19 from Washington County jail and returns to court April 11.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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