SWANVILLE (AP) – Police say it’s case closed on a sibling spat over the shaving of a pet cat in Swanville.

State police launched a search last week using tracking dogs for 22-year-old Nicholas Palmer after his 18-year-old sister claimed he choked and struck her. He fled after she called 911 and was located several days later.

State Trooper Luke Cunningham says Palmer is now back home, and the trooper says the sister has recanted her story.

Cunningham says the sibling altercation began when Palmer attempted to stop his sister from shaving the family cat to help control fleas and ticks. He says the family has since decided to use insect powder.

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