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Arlington Hts. man charged in fatal beating of ex-girlfriend's kitten
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/17/2009 9:54 AM | Updated: 8/17/2009 5:41 PM

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A Cook County judge Monday ordered an Arlington Heights man to avoid contact with animals after being charged with killing his estranged girlfriend's 4-month-old kitten in a fit of rage.

Kevin Colabuono, 25, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to an animal after admitting to slamming the kitten to the ground last week in his apartment in the 2100 Block of South Gilbert, Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Michael Shabez said.

Judge Kay Marie Hanlon set bond at $10,000 during a hearing Monday at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

"You're to have no contact with any animals," Hanlon cautioned him.

Shabez said Colabuono had broken up with his live-in girlfriend one week ago and the woman had left the apartment, leaving the kitten behind.

Officials said Colabuono became enraged by the kitten after it urinated on the rug on Aug. 10. He allegedly made a whipping motion, dashing the cat's head to the floor, then after realizing it was dead, wrapped it up and left it in a Dumpster.

The former girlfriend contacted police about her missing pet. They located the kitten in the Dumpster after speaking to Colabuono.

If convicted of the class 4 felony, he could find himself behind bars for up to three years, Shabez said.

His next court date is Sept. 17.

Daily Herald Staff Writer Marni Pyke contributed to this report.