MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said he doused an opossum he had trapped in gasoline and lit it on fire.
Roman Makula, 72, of 233 Crown St., was charged Saturday with cruelty to animals and second-degree breach of peace.
Police responded to the backyard of 233 Crown St. around 4:40 p.m. after receiving a report that a man was burning a cat alive. Police found Makula with a metal animal trap and an opossum on the ground nearby that had been burned over its entire body, according to a police report. The officer shot the animal twice “to prevent it from suffering further,” the report said.
Makula told police the opossum “came at him” and he was scared so he burned it, the report said.
Makula was released on $5,000 bond. He is due to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Sept. 20.