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PD: Chandler man arrested for beating and drowning roommate's cat

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 22:01:24-04

Chandler police have arrested a man for allegedly drowning and beating his roommate's cat with a broomstick.

Court records show that on September 17, officers were called to a complex near Arizona Avenue and Elliot Road. They observed blood on a living room wall, hallway and bathroom. Police say the cat was found dead on the victim's bed and a bent broomstick in the room.

Another roommate told police she was awakened by the cat crying about 3 a.m. She and her boyfriend went to investigate and allegedly found 25-year-old Jordan Philip Ledroit holding the cat underwater in the bathroom sink. 

The pair took the cat from Ledroit and told him to stop, according to court documents. They reported to police that there was blood all over the bathroom.

The cat's owner arrived home that afternoon and called police after seeing the cat deceased on her bed.

Police believe Ledroit used the broomstick to beat the cat. Police say it appears the cat put up a fight, scratching Ledroit on his arms, hands and legs. 

Ledroit reportedly told police that he remembers being in the bathroom with the cat but was intoxicated and doesn't remember doing anything to the cat.

He has been charged with animal cruelty.