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Jenkins man, 52, charged after kitten thrown, killed




ROBERT M. MACHNIAK is seen in photo provided by the Letcher County Jail.

ROBERT M. MACHNIAK is seen in photo provided by the Letcher County Jail.

Police say a kitten died after it was “body slamed” by an intoxicated Jenkins man.

Robert Markham Machniak, 52, of 21 No. 1 Hill, was arrested July 17 by Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and menacing. The dead kitten belonged to his brother’s girlfriend

Kentucky State Police received a complaint that Machniak had threatened to stab his family members on the same day he allegedly killed the kitten and was arrested.

Davis wrote in an arrest citation that Machniak killed the kitten after he became extremely belligerent toward his brother Clifton Machniak and his girlfriend.

“(Robert Machniak) stepped totronized wards them and myself placing us in a reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury,” wrote Davis.

Clifton Machniak told Davis that Robert Machniak had picked up the small kitten and body slammed it onto the ground.

“The cat was not moving, was gasping for air and died before we left the scene,” Davis wrote in a citation.

Machniak is being held in the Letcher County Jail under a $2,500 surety bond.


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