Junction City - KAKE A Junction City man has pleaded no contest to animal cruelty over the treatment of his girlfriend's cat, which was found dead with items stuffed in its throat.
The Daily Union reports William Lemieux Jr. entered the plea to the felony charge Wednesday in Geary County District Court.
Lemieux had been jailed since he was arrested Nov. 14, after his girlfriend found her cat dead in a bag placed in a trash bin near their home.
Assistant County Attorney Michelle Brown said a veterinarian later examined the cat's body and found three cigarettes and a cotton swab jammed in its throat.
Brown said the couple had been arguing, and Lemieux originally told police that the "cat fell over" when he slammed a door.
Lemieux will be sentenced Jan. 31.
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