Crime & Courts

Police: Rock Hill man arrested after abusing ex-girlfriend’s cat on video

John Pritchard
John Pritchard Rock Hill Police - The (Rock Hill) Herald

A Rock Hill man was charged with cruelty to animals Monday after choking and throwing his ex-girlfriend’s cat and sending video of the abuse to her friend, according to Rock Hill Police.

John Pritchard, 21, of Milton Avenue was placed in the Rock Hill city jail under $1,092 bond, police say.

Police were called to Pritchard’s home Monday evening after someone called to report he was throwing his ex-girlfriend’s belongings into a garbage bin in front of the house, a report states.

The girlfriend, 19-year-old Valerie Gillespie, told officers Pritchard also urinated on her belongings.

Gillespie told The Herald Pritchard was upset because she went to lunch Monday with a friend and her mother.

While police were at the house, Gillespie showed officers a video of Pritchard choking and abusing her cat. Pritchard admitted to police that he sent the video to one of Gillespie’s friend showing him holding the animal by the back of its neck, the report states.

“The cat was meowing and appeared to be in discomfort while being held in this manner,” the report states. “Pritchard then made a statement that the cat wouldn’t shut up and that it was about to die.”

On the video, Pritchard walks a short distance and “hurls” the cat into a room, and the cat can be heard landing “hard” on the floor, police said.

Pritchard denied any ill treatment of the cat, which he put outside.

Gillespie said she later located the cat, named Dabs, and that he was in good health “for the most part.”