Man charged with animal cruelty
Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a Lansdale man in connection with an incident that left a cat injured earlier this month, according to Lansdale police.
Police responded Dec. 4 around 5:45 p.m. to the 800 block of Walnut Street for a report of a disturbance. A resident and witness told police they were on the sidewalk speaking to a neighbor, identified as Mieczyslaw Zwolinski, 60, also of the 800 block, when they heard Zwolinski’s dog a few houses down.
When they reached Zwolinski’s residence, they reportedly saw a cat inside his yard. The neighbor said Zwolinski began to yell expletives and kicked the cat off the ground, according to police. The neighbor then watched as Zwolinski al- legedly “stomped” the cat at least six times as the cat tried to flee.
The neighbor told police they told Zwolinski to stop — to no avail — and that Zwolinski reportedly kept asking the witness if the cat belonged to that individual.
The owner of the cat, another nearby resident, was contacted and took the injured cat to a veterinarian for treatment, according to police.
The cat was treated for pain to the ribs and a bleeding cut to its mouth, police said. Charges of cruelty to animals have been filed against wwolinski, who will be summoned to court at a later date before District Judge Harold Borek of Lansdale.