According to warrants, the perpetrators left Kitty’s body in the parking lot of a grocery store. Soon after, images of the dead cat began circulating on Instagram. Veronica Coit, of the Asheville Cat Weirdos Emergency Fund, saw the pictures and called the police.
“To think of what these monsters did to a cat that was sweet and friendly is awful,” Coit told WLOS.
The Asheville Police Department addressed the killing in a public release:
On October 25, 2018, the Asheville Police Department learned of an incident involving a series of acts of animal cruelty that had been circulated on social media. Our Animal Services Section initiated an investigation into the matter when they learned of its existence. Thanks to information sent by many of our concerned citizens, the suspects in the postings were quickly identified and interviewed. APD staff continued their investigation into the weekend, and the three suspects were charged with improper burial of an animal, a violation of city ordinance. Two of the three suspects have been located and arrested, and are currently being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. The third suspect, Zackery Eugene Greene, has yet to be located on his charges.
This incident remains under investigation by Animal Services staff and the Criminal Investigations Section. A necropsy will be conducted later in the week, and further charges may be possible in the coming days.
We understand that many members of our community are concerned and outraged about this incident. As additional information becomes available that we are able to release, we will do so. Our primary objective in this matter is to present a case to the District Attorney for a successful prosecution of any person involved in this incident, and we remain fully committed to that goal.
Source: Asheville Police Department Intake photos of 26-year-old Shariah Jessamyn Metzger and 29-year-old Jace Lee Greene.
Naster has been appreciative of the APD’s help in bringing Kitty’s killers to justice, and maintains he was not acquainted with the three suspects before they were taken into custody.
“I just want to thank the Asheville police department for their diligent work,” Naster told WLOS. “Asheville is a community of love and support. So, thank you, and rest in peace Kitty.”
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.