Jan 31, 2014 1:20 PM by David Randall
PUEBLO - A Pueblo man is charged with felony cruelty to animals after videotaping himself attempting to drown a kitten and eventually strangling the animal to death, according to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Robert Heckmann, 25, was arrested after Pueblo Animal Services Animal Law Enforcement officers received a tip that Heckmann recorded the torturing and killing of Loki, a 12-week-old orange tiger kitten. After officers viewed the video, they searched Heckmann's home, armed with a warrant. In the home, officers found Loki's body in a garbage bag.
When officers searched Heckmann's phone, they found the following text messages from the night of the alleged cruelty:
"I did the bucket thing and he stated (sic) to finally drown. And freaked. He busted the lid wide open. I caught him with a towel so he wouldn't get my room wet. And I sat there for like 10 minutes strangling his dumb (expletive). I got everything on video ;)"
"I feel like a (expletive) sick person... You feel euphoric and just don't care what else is going on. A huge natural high. That's why killing is addictive. I haven't had that high in so long, and I'm pissed it's already over."
Heckmann has been released on bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 18 months in jail, more if a judge determines that there are aggravating circumstances.
Loki's brother, Stewie, was removed from the home for his safety. Stewie suffers from an esophagus malformation and will need extensive surgery from specialists before he'll be able to be adopted. Here's a picture of Stewie: