Bismarck man accused of pulling cat with a nylon rope, causing broken bones

BISMARCK, N.D. - Burleigh prosecutors charged a man accused of dragging his cat on Monday with a nylon rope attached to its neck.

Bismarck Police Department detectives say they received an animal cruelty call after a witness mouthed the words “call the cops” to a bystander, according to the affidavit.

Officers say 63-year-old Michael Heath is accused of dragging the cat. Witnesses say the cat was twisting and jumping. Police say the cat was crying, vomiting, coughed up blood and was unable to walk or stand.

Heath admitted to dragging the cat about 20 feet and said the cat had a mind of its own. He denied to detectives intentionally hurting the cat and didn’t feel it was necessary for the animal to see the veterinarian.

The vet told police the cat had a broken sternum and the only humane outcome because of its grave conditions was to euthanize.

Heath is charged with animal cruelty. A judge set his bond at $1,000 and can’t have any pets or contact with animals.