MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities in Mount Pleasant are investigating a case of cat abuse which had been reportedly happening for months.
According to an incident report, officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to the Madison Apartments on Park West Blvd. after receiving reports of abuse to a cat.
The complainant, Sydney Brooks, told police her boyfriend, Joseph Clark, has been abusing her cat since January of 2019 and showed police an area on her dryer, top of the bedroom door, in the bathroom and an area on the living room floor with dried blood.
Brooks said the first incident, which occurred in late January or early February and was reported to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in a prolapsed rectum which is very uncommon in cats.
The incident report states the following injuries have occurred since February: a second hemorrhage of the eye, a busted lip, injuries to the legs and on May 17th, the cat was taken to the vet for another busted lip.
This time, the cat suffered a fractured mandible, three broken teeth and another hemorrhage of the eye. A day earlier, Brooks said she found the tube that had been stitched into in her cat’s lip was out. The vet told her there was no way the cat would have been able to take that tube out herself.
After that, Clark reportedly came home and told Brooks he found the tube on the back porch.
Brooks told police every time the cat had been injured, it is Clark who either points it out to her or shows her when she comes home from work. She also said the cat hisses at him.
In the report, Brooks also claimed Clark goes into the Francis Marion Forest to set fires to “calm down”. She stated one time Clark told her his fire got out of control, so he walked away.
The vet has been taking care of and keeping the cat since May 17th in order to protect it.
Brooks has pressed charges against Clark. Police are still investigating the case.