Iowa woman accused of stabbing, trying to drown cat

Iowa woman accused of stabbing, trying to drown cat
Rosemary Kay Buelow was charged with animal torture in connection with the Sunday incident. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman is accused of trying to stab a cat with a kitchen knife and then trying to drown it, authorities said.

Rosemary Kay Buelow, 21, of Des Moines, was charged with animal torture in connection with the Sunday morning incident, the Des Moines Register reported.

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Police officers responded to a call at 2 a.m. Sunday, the newspaper reported. Buelow told police her “aggressive” cat had bitten her while she was showering and she stabbed the animal in self-defense. Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek told the Register.

“Officers discovered serious inconsistencies and, upon further investigation, learned that Buelow had stabbed the cat, and then attempted to drown it because she didn’t want to care for it anymore and she did not believe that any shelter would take the cat,” Parizek told the newspaper.

According to a criminal complaint, Buelow allegedly stabbed the cat three times in the back before attempting to drown the animal in a bathtub.

The condition of the cat was unknown.

Buelow was being held at the Polk County Jail on a $2,000 bond, the Register reported.