D.A.: Kitten choked, doped by W. Chester man

James Myers, left, and his alleged victim, a kitten, at right.
James Myers, left, and his alleged victim, a kitten, at right.
Posted: August 07, 2014

A Chester County man injected a kitten with heroin and choked it with a rope, police say.

James P. Myers, 24, of West Chester, was arrested Tuesday on charges of animal cruelty, drug possession, and other offenses. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan called his alleged crime "a singularly depraved act."

According to an affidavit, a West Whiteland Township police officer patrolling around 4:40 a.m. Sunday noticed a man sitting in a car parked in the middle of Dunwoody Drive.

The driver, identified as Myers, "was very nervous and sweating profusely," said the affidavit from Patrolman Marc Meshurle Jr.

Under the driver's side door, the officer noticed a small black cat.

The kitten, estimated to be about 10 weeks old, was bloody and had a rope around its neck and broken teeth. It appeared dead, but began breathing once an officer cut the rope off its neck, the affidavit said.

Officers searched the car and allegedly found heroin, "hundreds of used bags of heroin," 46 hypodermic needles, and rope that matched the one tied around the kitten.

The phrase "Slam it you pu$$y" was spray-painted on the road next to the vehicle, police said.

The kitten was taken to HOPE Veterinary Clinic in Malvern, where it was revived with Narcan, the drug used to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses, and treated for head trauma.

The 2.2-pound kitten, which Hogan said is now named Hope, is recovering and will be transferred to another facility for adoption.

Myers is being held on $25,000 cash bail at Chester County Prison, Hogan said.

A woman who answered the phone at Myers' home Tuesday evening hung up when asked about the incident.


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