Man Accused of Killing Kitten Hurt Animal Before

Heckmann (Credit: Pueblo County Sheriff's Office)
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We have new details in the brutal case of a cat tortured to death.

According to arrest papers, 25-year-old Robert Heckmann had abused the 12-week old kitten before. Heckmann's girlfriend told Pueblo police that he threw the orange kitten, Loki, against a wall at his home on January 11. The arrest papers suggest that Heckmann tortured that cat to death just four days later.

On January 18, Heckmann's girlfriend reported the attack to police. The arrest papers say that Heckmann sent her text messages and videos of the attack.

11 News spoke to Heckmann's girlfriend on the phone Wednesday. She told us that she's still shaken up by everything and did not want to comment on camera. We also reached out to Heckmann, but did not get a hold of him. We did, however, speak to his mother, who says she wishes not to comment at this time.

Heckmann has bonded out of jail. He's expected back in court Thursday.

On Wednesday, PETA sent 11 News a copy of a letter they sent to the Pueblo prosecutor. The letter outlines PETA's stance on the issue regarding Heckmann.

The letter said: "PETA is urging Pueblo authorities to prosecute Robert Heckmann—the man who allegedly strangled a 12-week-old kitten named Loki—to the fullest extent of the law. And we hope that if convicted, in addition to incarceration, Heckmann will receive a psychological evaluation, particularly given that he reportedly described killing as 'addictive' and that murdering Loki made him feel 'euphoric' and 'high.'

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