A 13-year-old boy was recently arrested for animal cruelty after forcefully killing a cat.
On Tuesday, July 13, around 7:00 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to help Marion County Animal Control in reference to the death of a domesticated cat. Upon arrival, animal control officers said they were investigating allegations that 13-year-old James Basener had severely injured and ultimately killed a neighbor’s cat.
The deputy began a criminal investigation and made contact with Basener and his parents, who agreed to speak about the allegations, according to the sheriff’s office.
Initially, Basener denied any incident involving a cat. However, he withdrew his statement and stated one week prior, he saw a cat in the neighborhood and brought it back to his home. Basener said he placed the cat in a trashcan and kept it trapped there for several days.
A few days later, he used a pole to strike the cat inside the can and left it trapped. On July 13, Basener attempted to stab the animal and it bit him. Basener then stuffed the cat in a garbage bag and started slamming it against the pavement.
The cat was able to escape from the bag, but Basener recaptured it by the tail, slammed it on the pavement and blood came out of the cat’s mouth. After the cat was deceased, Basener then threw the animal into the yard of a nearby home, where he believed dogs would further attack the cat, according to MCSO.
After the interview, the MCSO deputy examined the deceased cat and its injuries were consistent with Basener’s account of events. Basener was placed under arrest and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). He was processed by DJJ and released to his parents.