Man Abandons Cat in Middletown: Police

A man in Middletown was charged with animal cruelty after police said he abandoned a cat at the Sports Hall of Fame.

Middletown police said Thomas Bernier, 65, confessed to leaving his cat, which was found the morning of Jan. 30.

Surveillance footage shows the cat was abandoned the night of Jan. 29. Bernier allegedly attempted to surrender his cat to the Waterford Humane Society on Jan. 29 but was unsuccessful, police said.

A witness called Middletown police in response to photos posted by the police department and identified the suspect. The witness's statement prompted police to contact Bernier, resulting in his confession, police said.

Bernier surrendered his cat to Middletown Animal Control. He is expected to appear in court on Feb. 12.

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