Deputies: Man bit lips off kitten

Palm Coast man faces animal cruelty charges

PALM COAST, Fla. - A Palm Coast man was arrested on suspicion of biting the lips off a kitten and strangling another cat.

Angel Vega Roman, 28, was arrested Saturday and charged with cruelty to animals.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Roman told an acquaintance that he accidentally choked his roommates' kitten a couple of weeks ago and bit the lips off another black and white kitten named Oreo.  Roman also tortured Oreo by burning its ear and whiskers with a lighter, a sheriff's report stated.

Deputies went to a home on Burton Place last week and spoke with Roman, who said he tortured the kittens because he has been depressed since his girlfriend is gone, according to the sheriff's report.

Roman was taken into protective custody under a Baker Act

Oreo was examined by a veterinarian, who said the cat's injuries were consistent with statements Roman made to deputies, the sheriff's report  says.

The kitten's owners voluntarily released custody of the kitten to the city, which is now responsible for medical expenses upward of $300, according to the sheriff's report.

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Roman was later booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility, where he remains on $100,000 bail.

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