Woman Hurls Crate Containing Cat Into River After Clashing With Ex-Boyfriend: Deputies

A woman in Florida tossed a pet crate containing her ex-boyfriend's cat into the Intracoastal Waterway after they had a dispute, police said on Twitter on Friday.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said 53-year-old Christa Anne Thistle has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty. Thistle denied the allegations.

The Sheriff's office noted in a statement that deputies were called to the Riverwood Park Campground near South Ridgewood Avenue Thursday night and learned Thistle broke up with her long-term boyfriend. They were both arguing "over him not moving out fast enough" from an RV they shared.

Thank you @CountyOfVolusia Animal Services for taking custody of Stanley the cat for follow-up evaluation and care! https://t.co/d0cUdXMOIt

— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) August 20, 2021

Deputies said Thistle was transferring her former boyfriend's stuff out of their home. While moving his belongings, she knocked over some food and picked up the pet crate with Stanley the cat in it and threw it into the water, according to the Sheriff's office.

The deputies said that her former boyfriend jumped into the river to rescue the cat. The ex-boyfriend estimated the cat was under water for around 20 seconds.

Thistle is also being charged with assault after she asked to be taken to jail so she could make a phone call, bond out and kill her former boyfriend, according to the Volusia Sheriff's office.

The 53-year-old woman is currently at Volusia County Branch Jail where she is held without bond and pending first appearance.

The police also said the County of Volusia Animal Services has taken custody of Stanley for follow-up evaluation and care.

In Florida, any individual who "unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, commits animal cruelty."

Animal cruelty is punishable under the Florida statute as a first degree misdemeanor and those who commit such crime could be fined up to $5,000.

In July, two pet owners were arrested in Florida for keeping 17 dehydrated animals in the back of a U-Haul vehicle. Jason Donellan-Sparks and Shawna Doud, are being held on a $5,000 bond and face charges of animal cruelty.

A witness saw dogs, cats and puppies " in distress" after Doud opened the liftgate of the truck. The witness called the police after Doud began to spray the animals with water and demanded that she remove the animals from the truck and remain at the scene until the police arrive.

Florida woman throws ex-boyfriend's cat in river
Christa Thistle denied throwing Stanley the cat into the river, but police arrested her on charges of animal cruelty. Above, a stock picture of Lunartico Amas Veritas, a female blue silver classic tabby, participates in the GCCF 100 Year Celebration Show on August 14 in Kenilworth, England. Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images