Man charged with fatally beating kitten

Tamara Race

Police charged a Plymouth man with smashing a kitten onto the pavement of a parking lot and injuring it so badly it had to be euthanized. The man told police the kitten had urinated on him.

A witness at the all-night CVS on Pilgrim Hill Road called police about 4 a.m. Saturday after seeing Robert J. Frates, 25, of 2 Bay Colony Drive, throw the kitten to the ground in the parking lot, police said.

The witness told police that Frates got out of his car, took off his pants and put a towel around himself before throwing the kitten to the ground.

Police stopped Frates a short time later and found a severely injured kitten under the front seat.

Frates denied hurting the animal and said he had just spilled something on himself, prompting him to trade his pants for a towel. He later told police the kitten had urinated on him.

Police took the kitten to Cape Cod Vet Specialists in Bourne, where veterinarians told police that the kitten had broken ribs and cheek bones, dislocated hips and numerous puncture wounds.

They said it would not survive and had to be put down, police said. It was not known who owned the kitten.

Frates was charged with animal cruelty and released on $500 bail.