Man suspected in Benton County cat torture case in custody

    Chad Toney, charged with third-degree burglary and animal abuse. (photo courtesy Benton County Sheriff's Office)<p>{/p}

    The man suspected of taking a cat from its home and torturing it is in police custody.

    30-year-old Chad Toney turned himself into authorities at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and was charged with third-degree burglary and animal abuse. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for driving while barred.

    Toney was wanted for allegedly stealing a cat from a home in Blairstown on Feb 1., torturing it and sending photos and videos of it to the owner's sister. The cat's owner, Spencer Kimm, spoke to CBS2/FOX28 News exclusively after he was reunited with his cat, Gladys.

    Kimm said he believes the man responsible is Toney, who he believed was using the cat as a way to get Kimm's sister to talk to him. Kimm asked him to give the cat back, but after he refused, he said he'd post about it on social media.

    Following Toney's arrest, Kimm told CBS2/FOX28 News, "“We want to thank everyone for all their help and support big and small throughout everything. Nothing went unnoticed. Gladys sends love to everybody. And I’m also going to be working with Preston Moore [the Iowa State Director for the Humane Society of the United States] to hopefully get Iowa’s animal abuse law stiffened in Gladys’ name.”

    Toney is being held in the Benton County Jail as he awaits his first court appearance.

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