RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man squeezed his girlfriend's cat around the throat, punched it, then hid it underneath a bed after it died, according to police.
Randy Holt, 47, is charged with felony mistreatment of animals in Oneida County.
The girlfriend found the cat dead under a bed.
Holt first told police the cat died from an infection. Then, he said he tripped over it. Finally, Holt admitted he grabbed the cat by the throat, punched it between 10 and 20 times, then stashed the body under a bed for the girlfriend to find.
If convicted, Holt could face three and a half years in prison.
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