Man arrested on suspicion of killing the family cat after argument about bills

A Glendale man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after admitting he killed his family’s cat because he was “upset at his mom.”

Byron Lee Nosie, 37, was arrested on Oct. 25 in Glendale on suspicion of intentional animal cruelty. 

 

Glendale police say Nosie and his mother had gotten into an argument earlier that day about paying the bills. 

Later that night, the victim woke up to what she described as a “loud thump” outside of her home, according to court documents. 

When she looked outside her window, she saw Nosie screaming expletives at her before walking away. 

When the mother went outside, she saw the body of her dead cat and bloodstain patterns along the walls of her house, consistent with those of the cat, according to court documents.

Police arrested Nosie as he was leaving the property, and they noticed he had bloody scratches on his forearms that seemed likely from a cat. 

Nosie stated to police that he was “upset at his mom because he pays for everything at home, so he killed her cat,” records show. 

He told police he killed the cat by stepping on and breaking its neck, court documents say. 

This was not the first time that Nosie has been violent with an animal, his mother told police. She told police that Nosie had stabbed his brother’s dog in an incident that was not reported to the police.

Nosie was released on bail and his next scheduled court date is Nov. 5. 

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