Maine police say a man was under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms when he killed his cat next to a road last week.
Kittery Police Department officials discovered the crime when they answered a call about a suspicious man on Wilson Road around 9:30 pm on September 2.
An investigation revealed that Jared Lafleche, 23, a native of York, was drugged with psilocybin mushrooms and had just killed the cat by beating the animal "with force", according to police.
& # 39; Cat killer & # 39 ;: Jared Lafleche (left), 23, of Maine, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and possession of a drug scheduled for allegedly killing his cat when it was in mushrooms
Police say the suspect killed the small gray and white cat & # 39; with force & # 39;
Officials told Seacoastnews.com that Lafleche's vehicle was confiscated and that he was transported to the York County jail, where he was charged with aggravated cruelty to the animals and illegal possession of a scheduled drug.
Kittery police Lt. John Desjardins called the arrest "a truly strange case, an unfortunate case."
A jail official said Lafleche was on bail of $ 1,200 in cash.
On her Facebook page, Lafleche indicated that she works in landscaping and & # 39; spiritual counseling & # 39 ;.
Your social media account is filled with inspiring messages in the New Age style about personal growth, love and nature, and photos of your many trips.
The Facebook page paints a picture of a carefree young man who lives a nomadic way of life on the road, often staying in the woods and in camps with other vagabonds.
Best friend: Your Facebook page suggests that Lafleche adopted the Sequoia cat, whom he called his "best friend", sometime in late May or early June.
Lafleche had been traveling with the cat all over the country for months
Wanderlust: the Facebook page paints a picture of a carefree young man who lives a nomadic lifestyle on the road
According to the information available in your account, it seems that Lafleche adopted the Sequoia cat sometime in late May or early June.
& # 39; Tu [sic] a blessing like Sequoia, it opened my heart in a way I never thought I could feel, "he wrote in an update in June, while in another he called the gray and white feline his" best friend "and thanked him." coming into my life & # 39;
In a state update on July 12, Lafleche gushed: "I love my cat so much." Absolutely unnecessary of anything. The cat just chills wherever I go. "
Lafleche's past criminal history includes an arrest in 2015 for a car accident involving several vehicles that injured five people.
His record also includes charges of loitering, criminal mischief and being a fugitive form of justice.