SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man has been charged with stabbing his cat after the animal threw up on his bed, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
An Animal Services deputy went to Ronald Delvecchio's home in the 3200 block of Lockwood Ridge Road, after someone reported to the sheriff's office that his cat had been injured, according to a news release.
Delvecchio told an Animal Services deputy on Aug. 14 that he threw a knife at the cat, named Willow, when she vomited.
"He said the cat ran off with the knife stuck in her side but came home a couple days later," a news release states. "Delvecchio told the deputy the cat was OK because the knife 'only stuck her a little bit' and had already healed."
The deputy found that Willow had an inch-long laceration near her shoulder that had not healed, according to the sheriff's office.
"Delvecchio admitted he had not sought treatment for Willow and said he shouldn't have thrown the knife at her. He blamed the fact that he was mad and had been drinking all day," the release states.
Delvecchio was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. He is being held on $5,000 bond.
Delvecchio relinquished custody of Willow, who is expected to recover from her injury, according to the sheriff's office.