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Game and fish officer charged with extreme cruelty to animals in decapitated kitten case


Hannah Grover   | Farmington Daily Times

BLOOMFIELD — A Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish officer has been arrested after allegedly decapitating a nine-week-old gray kitten at his residence in Bloomfield.

Joseph Weaver, 40, faces a fourth-degree felony charge of extreme cruelty to animals. He was off duty at the time.

According to a press release from the Bloomfield Police Department, officers were dispatched on the evening of Jan. 10 to a residence on the 1700 block of Mountain View Circle for a welfare check. When officers arrived, they found Weaver’s family distraught about their kitten.

His wife told police officers that he called her into the bedroom while she was preparing dinner. The press release states that she found her husband standing with a pocketknife in his hand. The kitten was found floating in the bathroom sink with its head severed from its body.

Officers found the decapitated kitten wrapped in a towel and also discovered a bloody pocketknife and blood on the bathroom wall.

Weaver had his first appearance on Jan. 11 in Aztec Magistrate Court. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Jan. 21. A county jail document indicates he was released from custody.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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