The Knoxville Police Department launched an investigation into a possible animal abuse case after a UT student said she came home last week and found her 6-month-old kitten seriously injured. She told police she believes her roommate’s boyfriend, identified as Beasley, hurt the kitten — whom she said was unable to walk and “screaming in pain” when she tried to touch him.
According to the police report, Beasley and his girlfriend found the kitten in their room eating their food, and he locked him in the bathroom. His girlfriend told police he left soon after putting the kitten there and denied that he hit the kitten or put him in the toilet. She also told police that when she opened the bathroom door three hours later, the kitten ran into his owner’s room.