MU student arrested after cat found in trash

Monday, September 30, 2013 | 4:12 p.m. CDT; updated 7:02 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — An MU student was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of animal abuse and resisting arrest after a live cat was tossed into the trash.

MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said, Nickholes Martin, 18, admitted to throwing a stray black cat into an orange bag and tossing it into a trash bin at the Campus View Apartments. Martin had taken the stray in and told officers that he threw it away because he believed the cat was dying, Weimer said.

Martin was living at Tiger Diggs, an area of the apartment complex that's operated by the MU Department of Residential Life. Employees of the department called police after hearing about the cat.

Weimer said Martin resisted arrest after admitting to being responsible for throwing the cat in the trash and it took two officers to take him into custody.

The black cat was rescued. It and another cat Martin had been harboring at his apartment were taken to the Central Missouri Humane Society.

According to Residential Life regulations, Martin is not allowed to have cats in his apartment.

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