Police: Woman threw two cats

Animal cruelty alleged for tossing pets from window

An Altoona woman faces charg­es after police said she threw two cats out a second-story window.

According to charges filed by Allegheny Township police, a video security camera recorded Krystal N. Austin, 33, tossing the two cats from a second-floor apartment window at Evergreen Man­ors about 5 p.m. Monday.

Police said the first cat thrown from the window was a tuxedo cat that can bee seen on video hitting the ground and bouncing before it hit the ground a second time. The second, a black kitten, was thrown from the window a few minutes later. Police noted in the charges the second cat was thrown more straight down than the first.

Police noted a neighbor took the cats in after they were thrown from the window.

When police, including Officer Paul Gottshall with the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society police, spoke to Austin at her apartment, 303F, on Wednesday, she was packing a U-Haul truck to move back to New Jersey. Austin allegedly told officers she threw the cats out of the window because they defecated on her children’s clothes.

Austin was arrested and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson on two counts of misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. She remains free on an unsecured $2,500 bond with a preliminary hearing slated for Nov. 21.


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