Russell Hofstad Pleads Guilty to Burglary... and Skinning a Cat, Wearing Its Tail as a Necklace

Russell Hofstad committed an interesting burglary earlier this year, in which police showed up to a Phoenix warehouse, and saw some of a cat on a ground, with Hofstad wearing its tail as a necklace.

Hofstad pleaded guilty to a couple charges today related to that episode, including burglary and animal cruelty.

Police were called to the District 8 Warehouse at in Phoenix on January 18 after the owner of the building found Hofstad had broken in, and was still hanging out in there.

Police went into the warehouse, and sure enough, Hofstad was wearing what police described as a "paint mask," and was wearing a cat's tail as a necklace.

The rest of the cat -- well, almost the rest of it -- was found in the middle of the warehouse, next to a pile of its guts.

The cat carcass was also short a leg.

"...[T]he cat had been skinned and gutted," court documents said. "The internal organs were on ice in a cooler used to hold water. There were screwdrivers and clippers next to the cat's body. There was a leg missing, and [Hofstad] was wearing the tail around his neck on a rope along with a piece of the cat's internals."

Hofstad told police he hadn't eaten for some time, so he bashed the animal over the head with a stick and used a butcher's knife he'd found to skin and gut it.

Whether he actually ate the cat -- which could account for the missing leg -- wasn't stated.

He did, however, tell police that planned to use the cat's exterior for taxidermy purposes, and also wanted to utilize the cat's skeleton as a party decoration.

His sentencing is scheduled for August 29.

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Matthew Hendley
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