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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman is free on bond after being accused of killing a cat by dropping a frozen jug of water on its head.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that prosecutors in Madison County charged 43-year-old Virginia Puff of Wood River with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Police say Puff's live-in boyfriend witnessed the killing Saturday and went next door to call police. Officers who responded found the cat's body.

Investigators say the boyfriend told officers that Puff insisted the cat's death was an accident, though interviews suggested otherwise.

Police said alcohol may have played a role in the matter.

Puff does not have a listed home telephone number. Online court records don't show whether she has an attorney.

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Information from: The Telegraph

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