18-Year-Old Charged With Animal Cruelty for Allegedly Duct-Taping, Tossing Cat

Zachary Riley Garbett Photo: Courtesy of Anoka County
Zachary Riley Garbett

November 17, 2017 08:39 PM

An 18-year-old Ramsey man is facing a felony count of cruelty to animals after allegedly admitting to placing duct-tape on a cat's paws, then throwing the animal across a room and out a window.

Zachary Riley Garbett is charged in Anoka County court.


According to the criminal complaint, Ramsey police officers were dispatched to a home on the 16000 block of Uranium Street in Ramsey at around 9:13 a.m. on Monday. There, they spoke to the homeowner who said he'd found his pet cat lying dead in the backyard with its paws wrapped in duct-tape and blood around its nose.

The homeowner reportedly said he suspected Garbett, who had been at the house and had numerous scratches on his forearms.

The complaint alleges Garbett admitted he and a juvenile had duct-taped the cat's paws on the evening of Nov. 9 so they could watch it hop around. He allegedly went on to admit to throwing the cat across the room and through a window because it had scratched both he and the juvenile.

The complaint also alleges the juvenile told authorities he and Garbett had been smoking marijuana and had put the cat in a closed box, then blew marijuana smoke in. He then reportedly said he helped Garbett apply the duct-tape, and that Garbett threw the cat across the room because "he did not like the way it was looking at them."

The juvenile reportedly said Garbett eventually threw the cat out the window to kill it.


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