Cat stuffed in homemade bong

20:38, Mar 16 2009

A Nebraska man is facing animal cruelty charges after stuffing his six-month-old cat into a home-made bong, in an effort to mellow out the animal.

Twenty-year-old Acea Schomaker was cited on suspicion of animal cruelty after authorities caught him smoking marijuana through a hose attached to a 30cmx15cm plastic box containing his pet kitten, Shadow, the Associated Press reported.

Shadow was promptly taken to the Capital Humane Society, and she appears to be in good condition.

"This cat was just dazed," Sergeant Andy Stebbing said. "She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the humane society."

Police discovered Schomaker's attempted feline freakout after responding to a domestic disturbance call at the home he shares with his grandfather.

As well as being cited for misdemeanour animal cruelty and having to pay a US$400 fine, Scholmaker also faces charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He may face more severe animal cruelty charges if the cat dies or is found to have suffered permanent damage.

He told police he was trying to calm the animal down because she had been hyperactive.

"What the human mind doesn't invent, huh?" Capital Humane Society executive director Bob Downey said.