BARTLESVILLE - A 31-year-old Bartlesville man ran happily to police after an angry mob of people - upset over the beating of a woman and killing of a kitten - chased him through a neighborhood.
Dennis Anthony Boyle has been charged in Washington County District Court with felony animal cruelty, domestic abuse in the presence of children and injury to a vehicle following a Tuesday morning altercation. It happened in the 200 Block of North Margarite Avenue. Special Judge Kyra Williams set a $20,000 bond in the case.
Police were called to the west Bartlesville neighborhood around 2:12 a.m. where a group of around 10 people - described as an “angry mob” - were chasing Boyle. The neighbors had come to the rescue when Boyle’s girlfriend began honking the horn of her vehicle for help.
Boyle told police the trouble began earlier in the evening - the couple was drinking heavily and started to argue. The girlfriend, who had grabbed the household kitten in her arms, hit Boyle, according to the report he gave police. An angry Boyle took the kitten and threw it into a wall killing the cat.
Boyle told police he left for a time to “cool down,” but started arguing with his girlfriend again when he returned to their home. The girlfriend put her children - ages 1 and 4 - in a van and tried to leave, but Boyle stood behind the vehicle and wouldn’t move, according to reports.
When Boyle broke the rear window out of the van, his girlfriend tried to drive the vehicle forward and got stuck on a neighbor’s fence. Boyle cursed and punched his girlfriend in the eye twice than took the keys from her, a police affidavit stated.
The girlfriend began honking the horn for help and neighbors - at least one of whom witnessed the fight - came running. They chased Boyle until police arrived, at which point he willingly came to the patrol car to rest, police said.
While catching his breath, Boyle told police all the details, admitted he had a warrant out of California for domestic abuse and asked to go to jail.
He even suggested the officers might need to dispatch an ambulance for his girlfriend, the affidavit stated.
The victim was treated at Jane Phillips Medical Center for deep cuts to her eye, which required stitches.
Police found a pool of blood where the kitten had been thrown against the wall and determined the cat, who was a few months old, died of a broken neck. The family had moved the kitten into a box by the time police arrived.