Florida woman Christa Thistle throws cat into river, charged with animal cruelty

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Florida woman Christa Thistle throws cat into river, charged with animal cruelty

A Florida woman was arrested after allegedly tossing a caged cat into a river during a fight with her ex-boyfriend last week, authorities said.

Christa Thistle, 53, is accused of throwing the animal, which was in a crate, in a waterway at the Riverwood Park Campground in Oak Hill on Thursday after feuding with her ex over him not moving out of their RV quick enough, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

Christa Thistle was charged with animal cruelty and simple assault after she allegedly launched her ex-boyfriend's cat, Stanley, into a Florida river.
Christa Thistle was charged with animal cruelty and simple assault after she allegedly launched her ex-boyfriend’s cat, Stanley, into a Florida river.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Stanley the Cat was submerged underwater for "up to 20 seconds."
Stanley the Cat was submerged underwater for “up to 20 seconds.”
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Volusia Sheriff's Office footage shows the crate Stanley was being held in when Thistle allegedly threw him in the river.
Volusia Sheriff’s Office footage shows the crate Stanley was being held in when Thistle allegedly threw him in the river.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

The man jumped into the river and rescued the cat, named Stanley, who was submerged for up to 20 seconds, according to the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, Stanley was wet and shivering, but otherwise appeared to be in good condition.

Thistle was charged with animal cruelty.

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