animals & pet care

Oak Hill, Florida’s Christa Anne Thistle threw ex-boyfriend’s cat into river: Sheriff

Christa Anne Thistle (©Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
Christa Anne Thistle (©Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

Christa Anne Thistle, 53, of Oak Hill, Volusia County, Florida, United States has been arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with animal cruelty and simple assault.

Thistle and her then long-term boyfriend lived at the Riverwood Park Campground on H.H. Burch Road near South Ridgewood Avenue in Oak Hill. When they broke up on the evening of August 19, 2021, they got into an argument because she felt like he was not moving out of their recreational vehicle fast enough.

While moving the former long-term boyfriend’s belongings out of their home, Thistle knocked over some food that was being cooked then picked up a pet crate and threw it into the Intracoastal Waterway in Oak Hill, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. A cat named Stanley was inside the crate so the ex-boyfriend jumped into the water to rescue the pet.


Stanley was still wet and shivering when Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Riverwood Park Campground shortly before 7:00 p.m. Thistle was arrested and she denied throwing the cat into the river.

According to investigators, Thistle demanded to be taken to jail so she could make a phone call, bond out and kill her ex-boyfriend. She was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail and her bond was set at $5,000 for animal cruelty.

A judge ordered Thistle to remain in jail for threatening to kill her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Stanley is receiving a follow-up evaluation and care from the Volusia County Animal Control Services in Daytona, Volusia County.

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