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Man charged with animal mutilation

January 24, 2009

A Hagerstown man was charged Wednesday with animal mutilation and other crimes in connection with the death of a young cat, according to Washington County District Court records.

Raymond James Hammersla Sr., 49, of 14327 Cearfoss Pike, also was charged with animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property under $500, according to court records.

Hammersla threw a kitten over a chain-link fence into a pit bull's pen, a Humane Society of Washington County official alleged in charging documents.

By the time the kitten's owner got into the pen, the dog had the cat in its mouth, according to documents.

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The owner drove the kitten to the Humane Society, but the animal, named Tippy, died on the way, according to documents.

The kitten belonged to Hammersla's girlfriend, according to documents.

A laboratory in Frederick, Md., performed a necropsy on the animal and determined its injuries were consistent with what happens when a dog bites down on a cat that is young with pliable skin, according to documents.

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