(Stillwater, Okla.) — A man accused of fatally injuring his girlfriend’s cat at her Stillwater apartment has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Jan. 3 with an attorney on an animal cruelty charge, a court official said.
If convicted, Christopher Bouine Joseph Henry, 21, was then living with his girlfriend, but listed an address in Fittstown when he posted a $5,000 cash bond on the felony charge last week, court records show.
Henry’s girlfriend said that she was in class on Nov. 28 when he “called her and said her cat had scratched him and he hurt it and to finish the job and throw her in a trash bag,” Stillwater Police Officer Justin Reedy alleged in an affidavit.
“She left class and went home where she found her Calico cat, Elouise, hurt,” whom she rushed to the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Center, according to the affidavit.
The Stillwater officer wrote in his affidavit that Henry’s girlfriend was “very upset and was surprised to see me – I explained to her Vet Med staff have a requirement to contact law enforcement.”
She “was worried I would contact Henry. She said he would fly off the handle if I did. I explained to her my biggest concern was her safety,” the Stillwater officer wrote in his affidavit.
“She said Henry had not touched her in months and most of the physical assaults occurred early in their relationship. She said they have been dating for a couple years and they have lived together for around one and one-half years, with only her on the lease,” the Stillwater officer alleged in his affidavit.
“While speaking to her, Dr. Lara Sypniewski, DVM, entered the room to tell (Henry’s girlfriend) they were not able to save Elouise,” the affidavit said. She “became more upset and asked if she could see her, which she was allowed,” the affidavit said.
“Dr. Sypniewski stayed and told me the cat’s clinical signs were consistent with acute severe head trauma with secondary brain swelling and a suspected broken cervical spine,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
When Henry’s girlfriend returned, she asked the officer if he would go to her apartment so she could get her other two cats, the affidavit said.
“She requested I not go into her apartment, but stay out of sight in the hallway. I asked her why and she said she did not want Henry to get mad. About that time, her mother arrived from Oklahoma City,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
When the officer again asked Henry’s girlfriend about physical abuse, “She again told me it hasn’t happened in a while and the last time was about three months ago. I asked her what happened during that and she said ‘he kinda choked me, but only for a couple seconds.’ She wouldn’t provide any other details. I provided her with a Wings of Hope card,” Reedy wrote in his affidavit.
The Stillwater officer said that he followed Henry’s girlfriend to her apartment complex — where she looked in the parking garage and did not see Henry’s vehicle, the affidavit said.
“I went with her, her mother, her sister and a friend to her apartment. Henry was not there. (She) gathered a few items along with her two other cats and left,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.
About three hours after the officer had been sent to the OSU Vet Hospital for an animal abuse and domestic abuse investigation, Henry’s girlfriend called Stillwater police “about messages she received from Henry,” who threatened to kill himself, the affidavit alleged.
On the day that Henry was arraigned on the animal cruelty charge last week, his girlfriend obtained an emergency protective order against him, court records show.