Mrs. Weaver told officers she was preparing dinner when her husband, Joseph Weaver, called her into the bedroom. When she arrived in the room, she saw Mr. Weaver standing with a pocketknife in his hand. After further inspection of the home, officers discovered a bloody pocketknife, blood on the bathroom wall, and a decapitated kitten wrapped in a towel.
From Bloomfield Police:
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
During the evening of January 10, 2021, officers with the Bloomfield Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of Mountain View regarding a welfare check on Joseph Weaver's household. Upon arrival, officers met with Mr. Weaver's distraught family regarding their decapitated 9-week-old gray kitten.
Mrs. Weaver told officers she was preparing dinner when her husband, Joseph Weaver, called her into the bedroom. When she arrived in the room, she saw Mr. Weaver standing with a pocketknife in his hand. The family's kitten was floating in the bathroom sink with the head severed from the body. After further inspection of the home, officers discovered a bloody pocketknife, blood on the bathroom wall, and a decapitated kitten wrapped in a towel.
Joseph Weaver, an off-duty Jicarilla Game and Fish Officer, was charged with Extreme Cruelty to Animals a 4th Degree Felony and booked at the San Juan County Detention Center.
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