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Maple Grove Man Charged with Animal Murder

A Maple Grove man has been charged with the mistreatment and abuse of his girlfriend’s cats after one cat had to be euthanized by veterinarians.

The Dakota County District Court charged Ryan J. Wolcott, 24, with the "abandonment of one or more cats, which is a misdemeanor, and with mistreatment of an animal, a felony.” (Star Tribune)

Two of the cats belonging to Wolcott’s girlfriend, who remained unnamed in court documents, disappeared after Wolcott moved in with her in early 2008. A third feline, a kitten was also allegedly mistreated by Wolcott when court documents state that Wolcott put pepper spray on his fingers and then rubbed the kittens’ eyes. (Pioneer Press)

The kitten also disappeared.

A fourth cat named Mayzie was brought to an Eagen veterinary clinic by Wolcott’s girlfriend when she found the cat unresponsive several days after a brutal beating in November that left the cat with severe head and abdominal injuries and bruising.

The incident, which resulted in the animal’s euthanization, prompted an investigation by the Eagen Animal Control Office after Wolcott’s girlfriend told the veterinary clinic she thought her boyfriend might be responsible.

Wolcott has since admitted to squeezing and hitting the cat against the side of the bathtub and possibly the faucet. (Star Tribune)

“I gave a cat a bath. Maybe I did it too hard. It wasn’t intentional,” Wolcott says. (Pioneer Press)

Wolcott’s next court appearance is May 18 in Hastings.