A Godfrey woman who police say killed her granddaughter’s cat and four kittens with a hammer was charged Tuesday with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
According to a press release from Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin, deputies responded to a call at 7:03 p.m. Monday in the 5000 block of West Victor Drive. The responding deputy met with a teenage occupant of the home, who reportedly found her dead cat in the family’s freezer. The deputy asked the child in the presence of her grandmother, Josephine E. Bell, 71, what happened to the cat. Bell interrupted, telling the deputy that she killed the cat and the cat’s four kittens. Bell told the deputy she previously had told her grandchildren that if they didn’t clean their rooms they were going to lose all their animals. Bell told the deputy she didn’t feel like she should have to take care of the cats and had killed them with a hammer. The kittens reportedly were thrown away and couldn’t be located by the deputy.
The Godfrey animal control officer was called to the home and took custody of the dead cat. Bell was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where she was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. The felony warrant and criminal information was issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Bell’s bond at $15,000. Bell remains in the custody of the Madison County Jail.