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Police: Man Punched, Fatally Stabbed Kitten Before Taking Photo

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    Police: Man Punched, Fatally Stabbed Kitten Before Taking Photo
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    A Massachusetts man charged with fatally stabbing a kitten, taking a photo of the animal and throwing it in the trash has been held without bail.

    The Salem News reports that 43-year-old Peter Rice, of Salem, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges including animal cruelty and carrying a dangerous weapon.

    Police arrested Rice on Tuesday after a woman sent police an image of the stabbed kitten her boyfriend had received from Rice. Investigators say Rice initially denied knowing about a cat his girlfriend had been watching for a neighbor.

    Police say Rice later told investigators he had punched and stabbed the cat after it scratched him.

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    His court-appointed attorney said Rice was asking to be sent to a Veterans Administration hospital for treatment in lieu of being held in jail.

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