A Monticello man with a history of drug use and mental illness faces felony charges of cruelty and torture of an animal after a Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered the man had killed his pet cat and was baking the feline inside an oven Monday afternoon.
According to a compliant filed in Wright County District Court, Cody Alexander Mann, 28, was arrested Monday after the deputy responded a request shortly before 4 p.m. to check the welfare of a person living in the 700 block of Seventh Street E.
Mann’s father called the sheriff’s office and stated that his son was a known drug user and also suffers from mental illness, the complaint stated. The deputy arrived at the listed apartment address, but was unable to locate Mann.
However, a short time later, the apartment manager contacted law enforcement to report a burning smell in a second floor apartment.
Apartment management was unable to get the defendant to answer the door and requested the police assist during entrance into the apartment for a health and safety check.
The deputy entered the apartment building and observed smoke and a burnt hair smell coming from the second floor apartment.
According to the complaint, after the deputy entered the apartment, Mann admitted that he had killed his pet cat, skinned it and began baking it in the oven to be eaten.
The deputy observed the body of a cat inside the oven and red smearing in the bathtub as well as loose hair and a steak knife in the bottom of the bathtub. The cat’s skin and internal organs were located inside the freezer.
Mann told the deputy the dead cat was his and that he had purchased the pet on a prior date. The deputy observed cat dishes with water and partially eaten cat food in them inside the apartment.
The complaint stated that Mann told the deputy he didn’t understand what the problem was, as he admitted cutting the cat’s throat because he wanted to try cooking it with onions.
Mann was transported to the CentraCare-Monticello hospital for a mental evaluation, but was later cleared and booked into jail, the complaint stated.