ST. CHARLES – A 58-year-old man was ticketed with animal cruelty last week after he locked his ex-girlfriend’s kitten in a container in a storage unit on the city’s far east side, according to a St. Charles police report.
Perry D. Weingart, of the 1000 block of West 47th Place, Chicago, told the woman in a text message if she wanted her kitten she would find him at the self-storage facility, police reported.
The woman reportedly called police for assistance, and an officer met her at the facility, which was in the 4100 block of East Main Street.
The unit was “crammed full” of belongings, and the pair noticed a storage tote with a fogged interior after moving several boxes and a large industrial-size floor bucket, police reported.
In addition to the kitten, a small bag of dry cat food and an empty bowl were inside the tote, police reported, noting the bottom of the container was wet, apparently with water.
“The kitten was in a frantic state,” police reported.
The officer picked up the kitten, which was “clearly struggling,” appeared dazed and had a rapid heartbeat, according to the report.
No air holes were in the container, and the lid was securely snapped on, police reported.
Additionally, the report indicated about 10 to 15 pounds of items were stacked on the container, making it impossible for the kitten to open the lid for more oxygen, “which it clearly needed.”
Weingart told police he placed the kitten there that morning, Nov. 3, according to the report. The report didn’t specify how long it took before the kitten was rescued.
He was charged with animal cruelty, a local ordinance ticket, police reported.
The report indicated Weingart works in the area.