Not guilty plea entered on behalf of suspended IU student accused of torturing, killing cats

Bloomington, Ind.

A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a suspended Indiana University student accused of torturing and killing cats.

Christopher Gugliuzza is charged with animal cruelty. The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office said he tortured a kitten named Lennox this month and killed another cat named Misty in October. If convicted, Gugliuzza could face between six months and three years and fines of up to $10,000.

Gugliuzza’s attorney called the judge’s office to plead not guilty on his client’s behalf. Bloomington police said the IU student admitted he threw Lennox and tied a cord around the kitten’s neck. He also said he’d stolen the cat from the Bloomington Animal Shelter.

A woman told Bloomington police she witnessed the abuse and attempted to stop it. She also revealed that Gugliuzza had previously engaged in similar behavior, killing and torturing cats in the past.

He’s due back in court on Feb. 14.

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