Navy commander’s son accused of mutilating cat

Posted Sept. 15, 2009, at 10:29 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine — The son of a Navy submarine commander has been accused of mutilating a cat and writing a message with its blood on a sidewalk.

Kittery Police Chief Edward Strong said 20-year-old Matthew Dorrbecker was discovered by an officer carrying a bag containing bloody items, including a kitchen knife. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports he is accused of strangling a black cat before using its drained blood to scrawl the message: “Stop please. He made me. My mind.” Police followed a trail of blood into some woods and found the dead animal.

Strong said Dorrbecker was arrested Monday on a felony aggravated cruelty to animals charge and was taken to York Regional Hospital for an evaluation.

Dorrbecker is the son of Alan Dorrbecker, the commander of the USS Greeneville submarine that recently departed the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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