A man is facing charges after allegedly trying to rape his cat.
Michael Navage, 40, was arrested after police were called to his flat in Mesa, Arizona, following sounds of an animal ‘in distress’.
Officers were told the noises ‘sounded like the cat was hurt and screaming’, with the caller stating that Navage had ‘called out for help, saying the cat was stuck on his penis’.
When they arrived the scene Navage refused to open the door.
Once officers were able to get inside, they allegedly found him ‘naked, standing in the middle of the bathroom with a cat partially wrapped in a towel placed by his genitals’.
Navage stated that he had been in the shower with the animal and was using the towel to dry it off afterwards.
He told officers that he ‘loved’ the animal and had been its owner since it was a kitten.
But a vet found the cat had suffered ‘tearing around the surface of the anus as well as superficial wounds, small cuts around the anus area’.
X-rays also showed that the animal had also previously suffered rib and pelvic injuries which had healed.
Navage is now facing charges of bestiality and animal cruelty, among other charges.
He was also accused of forgery and possessing drugs after a fake 100 dollar bill, methamphetamine and paraphernalia were allegedly found in his belongings.
Since his arrest he has been released from jail and will appear in court on April 1