Dalton man charged in Chattanooga with strangling kitten

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Warning: Some of the details in this story are disturbing.

Authorities in Chattanooga are charging a 19-year-old Dalton man with aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the recent brutal death of a kitten.

Police arrested Jacquez Devin Fields last Friday.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says police responded to a home on the 3700 block of Shamrock Drive in Chattanooga to help workers with the McKamey Animal Center.

A McKamey officer told police that Fields admitted to inflicting harm on a kitten that later died.

Fields told officers that he had kicked the kitten, causing it to hit the ceiling, but did nothing more.

But a necropsy on the animal revealed the kitten "suffered an agonizing death," according to the affidavit.

The necropsy revealed the kitten had several broken bones, including skull fractures. The kitten's eyes were bulging out of its head, and the whites of the kitten's eyes were red and bleeding, indicating it had been strangled. The kitten had also bit through its tongue - another sign of strangulation.

The McKamey officer says the kitten was still alive when found. It was euthanized to end its suffering.

Officers took Fields into custody. Bond was set for him at $12,500.

This is not Fields' first run-in with the law. Back in November of 2015, when he was a student at Southeast High School, police charged him with attempting to rape a fellow student.

In 2016, Fields was also charged with aggravated assault, battery, and criminal trespassing.

We're told that prosecutors "dismissed" all of those charges.

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