Man killed cat with butcher knife say Spartanburg officers

Joseph Bergman (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

CAMPOBELLO, S.C. (WSPA) — A man accused of killing a cat with a butcher knife has been charged with ill treatment of animals.

Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Officers responded Tuesday to 380 Ferree Road in Campobello after receiving a complaint of someone using a butcher knife on a cat.

Officer say Joseph Bergman, 46, told them he killed his cat using a butcher knife and tossed it in a pasture.

Bergman told officers the cat was sick and appeared have a hard time standing.

He didn’t have a gun or money for a veterinarian, so he went inside the house, got the knife and walked the cat to the edge of the driveway.

While holding the cat down he began using a chopping motion to cut the cat.

“Mr. Bergman stated the cat began to kick so he flipped it over and began chopping at the cat on the other side. Once it was dead, he threw it across the street,” according to a news release from the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement office.

Bergman was charged with ill treatment of animals. He was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon and released the next morning, according to online jail records.

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