WARREN — A 61-year-old Warren man was charged Friday after police said he slit the throat of his injured cat with a dull knife.

Terrance Winslow of Oyster River Road was charged with a Class D criminal offense of cruelty to animals and a civil violation of failure to provide medical attention to an animal, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. A Class D offense carries a maximum jail term of a year in jail.

According to Carroll, the cat was struck by a car on June 29 and suffered a leg injury that was not life-threatening. Winslow called a veterinarian, who said someone would come pick up the cat and treat it.

Winslow left his home and, when he returned later that same day, found the cat had not yet been picked up by the veterinarian. At that point, Winslow took a dull knife and cut the cat’s throat in an attempt to euthanize the animal, Carroll said. The veterinarian did arrive later, however, and took the cat, which was still alive but later died from the knife wound, the chief deputy reported.

Carroll said Sgt. John Palmer investigated the case and issued the summonses to Winslow on Friday.

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