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article imageMan arrested and charged after kitten put in washing machine

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 17, 2009 in Crime
A 19-year-old man was arrested last night for breaking into a home and killing a kitten "because it was bothering him." The man allegedly removed clothing from a washing machine and placed the kitten inside while burglarizing the home.
The man was arrested at his grandmother's apartment in Highland Park, Michigan. The day before he reportedly broke into a home belonging to a woman named Kimberly Ross and stole various items (See previous coverage).
After robbing the home, the man put Ruby, a seven-month-old kitten, in the washer and turned it on. Police say he later confessed that he killed the kitten because it "was bothering him" by rubbing up against his legs.
Ty-Shawn Eric Bost was arraigned today in Roseville’s 39th District Court before Judge Marco Santia on charges of second-degree home invasion and torturing an animal. They are both felony charges. He is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $500,000 bond. If convicted, he is facing up to 15 years in prison.
As detnews.com reports, the man told the judge he doesn't work and has been arrested for curfew and weapons offenses. He has also been arrested for being a look-out for a burglary in Detroit. That charge was later dismissed, according to the police.
The man asked Judge Santia for a court-appointed attorney.
Kimberly Ross, the woman whose cat was killed, and her two daughters sat in the court room as Bost stood before the judge.
"What a loser," she said. "He couldn't even look at us. I wanted to jump over that wall. This has traumatized the whole family. The stuff can be replaced. I really want my Ruby back."
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