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Authorities: Man killed kitten with broom

A 30-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty Thursday for allegedly killing a 3-month-old kitten with a broom, the Washington Humane Society said in a statement today.

The kitten, Tyra, apparently wouldn't get off the sofa inside a home on Howison Place SE in the District. The blow cracked her skull, according to Humane Society officials, who identified the suspect as Ronnie Melson. 

"While visiting a friend’s home, Mr. Melson became upset with Tyra, a small, grey tiger-striped female kitten because she was lying on the couch," the statement from the Humane Society said.

"Mr. Melson went to the kitchen, grabbed a broom, and hit the kitten over the head. The blow resulted in the kitten's death. Mr. Melson admitted to our humane investigators that he was looking for a belt to hit the kitten with, but when he could not find a belt, he grabbed a broom."

The statement said two young boys saw the incident.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  September 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories , Dan Morse , The District  
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Sickening! This guy better watch his back!

Posted by: smckaho420 | September 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Melson's punishment should consist of two brooms - one shoved down his throat and the other shoved up his @$$!

Posted by: blackforestcherry | September 3, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Those poor kids! He couldn't pick it up? 3 months old! Ahh humanity.

Posted by: Greent | September 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

By 30 the guy couldn't demonstrate more maturity and intelligence than this?
At least it wasn't either of the children but holy $hit what kind of reasoning capability to display!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I hate to think what would have happen if the two young boys were laying on the couch !!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | September 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

So, when do the kittens' other eight lives kick in?

Posted by: CubsFan | September 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The problem with that man's behavior is that he is teaching children to solve problems with violence... that's SE for you. Had he had a gun close by he would have blowns that kitten head off.

Posted by: jeanlucca | September 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least someone in the house called the humane society. Good grief this is disguisting.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | September 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

This has been some week! First 'Little Red Ridding Hood" tosses 6 newborn puppies into a river (whee), now an angry sadist bashes in a kittins skull......for being on the couch of a home that he was "visiting". Sick.

Posted by: walonika | September 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I hope you rot in HE!! lousy human being... I agree with BlackForestCherry's comment..2 brooms...

Posted by: bikker59 | September 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This person is also more likely to commit acts of violence against other people.

What a sorry excuse for a human being.

Posted by: sanderling5 | September 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What a sicko - the prep needs to be put away I agree with blackforestcherry . I have some brooms if they are needed..

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 3, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This guy needs to rot.

Posted by: venus31 | September 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

A real tough guy. Cut off his hands, he'll never do it again. Come at me with a broomstick and see what happens.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@blackforestcherry- I agree shoved hard. That was so cruel. I have a cat that listens to 0% of what I say. I've caught him on my couch more than enough times, even though he has his own bed. I would never hit him with a broom and he is an adult cat.

Posted by: nieci6719 | September 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This happened while "visiting a friends house". wasn't even his house, his cat, or his couch! How sad for two children to witness this act of violence and death. Please tell me the man was on drugs and had not a clue to what he was really doing? Not so, he would have used a belt if he had found one. SICK!

Posted by: Ross65 | September 3, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This man must be watched. Serial killer oft begin with animals.

Posted by: Martial | September 3, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

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