Man arrested for animal cruelty after police say he strangled cat


Officers with the Morgantown Police Department arrested a man for animal cruelty after they said he strangled a cat.

Initial reports from the Morgantown Police Department stated that 43-year-old James Wicker had strangled and killed nine cats.  However, a corrected statement was released from the Morgantown Police Department stating that officers found nine cats in Wicker’s home, and that one of the cats had been strangled and injured.  The corrected release did not state that any cats had been killed.

According to the Morgantown Police Department, officers received a call at approximately 5:20 a.m. Tuesday from Wicker, who wished to turn himself in for animal cruelty.  After the phone call, officers arrived at Wicker’s home, where they said they found the nine cats, one of which was injured.  Wicker admitted to officers that he had strangled the cat, police said.

Officers said Monongalia County Animal Control was called to Wicker’s home to take custody and care of any remaining animals at the home.  According to police, animal control was able to take temporary custody of five cats, and there are three remaining cats to be retrieved.  Police said further investigation revealed that the cats were being fostered at Wicker’s home and owned by Appalachian Peace Paws.  Monongalia County Animal Control is working with the Morgantown Police Department to care for the cats and return them to their owner.

Wicker has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.  He was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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