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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) – A local man has been charged with torturing and killing Sweetie, his girlfriend's cat.

Police say 23-year-old Ryan Banning admitted to slapping his girlfriend's cat's head, grabbing it by the neck and shaking it, throwing it across a room and slamming its head against a wall several times. It happened on August 25.

Banning is charged with one count of animal abuse, a class D felony.

No additional information was immediately available.