Iowa man kidnaps ex-roommate's cat and then sends him an extremely disturbing video of him torturing the animal in the cold
The man, Chad Toney, had supposedly sent the graphic content as a means to talk to his former roommate's sister.
A man from Iowa decided to steal his former roommate's pet cat and then proceeded to send pictures and videos of the animal being tortured and abandoned in the cold, authorities shared.
30-year-old Chad Toney allegedly broke into the house of his former roommate located in Benton County on February 1 and stole the man's pet cat Gladys. As reported by the Des Moines Register, Toney then took pictures and video clips of the animal being abused and sent it to his former roommate. According to KWWL, the abuse included stuffing the cat's head into the snow and then placing a wire around its neck, all of which was carefully documented by Toney. Sgt. Chris Rider from Benton County Sheriff’s Department shared, "That’s [when] the homeowner decided to call law enforcement because the video is disturbing."
Toney is currently facing charges of third-degree burglary and also animal abuse which is a felony and an aggravated misdemeanor. The pet cat's owner Spencer Kimm shared with KGAN that Gladys was eventually returned to him after around five days of the poor animal being kidnapped.
Kimm shared, "The second I saw her, I was like a kid in a candy shop." He added that Toney had probably sent the graphic content to his sister in an attempt to get her to talk to Toney. When Kimm asked Toney to return the pet, he refused which resulted in Kimm warning him that he would make the abuse public. "I even sent it to him first. And he’s like, ‘Do it. See what happens," Kimm added. The social media post was shared around 3,000 times before Kimm took it down after Toney and his family began to receive threats. Kimm eventually picked up the cat from Toney's parents on Wednesday.
Early on Thursday, Toney finally surrendered to the authorities. He also had a warrant for his arrest on felony as well as misdemeanor charges. Kimm shared, "We want to thank everyone for all their help and support big and small throughout everything."
"Nothing went unnoticed. Gladys sends love to everybody. And I’m also going to be working with [Iowa’s director for the Humane Society of the United States] to hopefully get Iowa’s animal abuse law stiffened in Gladys’ name," he continued. Toney is still currently in custody.