HARLAN, Ky. (AP) -- Police say a Harlan County man who allegedly threw a cat into a wood-burning stove during an argument has been charged with a felony.
Kentucky State Police charged 48-year-old Rex Hinton with torturing an animal. Investigators say Hinton got into an argument with his wife last month at their home and threw the animal into the stove and slammed the door. Hinton's wife retrieved the cat but it later died.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/Qhwl4q) police waited to charge Hinton until his recent release from a psychiatric treatment unit in Hazard.
State police Trooper Shane Jacobs says the charge against Hinton, of Baxter, is a felony because the cat was killed.
Hinton was in jail in Harlan County on a $5,000 bond.