Brunswick man arrested after allegedly trying to kill cats

Posted Jan. 18, 2013, at 3:39 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A report of a disturbance on Dunning Street led police to charge two teens with underage drinking and a 20-year-old man with cruelty to animals.

Brunswick police Deputy Marc Hagan said police were called to 7 Dunning St. at 9:48 p.m. Thursday for a disturbance. Upon arrival, they found Lauren Arsenault, 18, of 91 Harpswell Road in Brunswick outside the apartment building, incoherent. She was transported to Mid Coast Hospital for evaluation and summonsed on a charge of being a minor consuming alcohol and for violation of conditions of release, he said.

Hagan said a man who lives in one of the apartments returned home to find his girlfriend’s son, who police identified as Zachary Brown, 20, of 7 Dunning St., was having a party in his apartment so he told everyone to leave. An argument ensued, Hagan said, and Brown allegedly threatened to kill the man’s cats.

Hagan said Brown then took two cats belonging to the tenant whom he’d been arguing with, and “apparently attempted to follow through with his threats,” and slammed the cats against a back porch railing.

One cat’s back legs looked injured, Hagan said, but otherwise the cats appeared OK.

Brown was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and allowing minor to consume liquor; and transported to Cumberland County Jail.

Police also summoned a 16-year-old male for allegedly consuming alcohol at the same residence.

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