REDONDO BEACH ( — A Long Beach man was arrested early Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend’s cat.

Sergei Smirnoff, 23, was arrested around 1:50 a.m. at a home in the 2300 block of Carnegie Lane in Redondo Beach, police said.

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Officers were notified that Smirnoff reportedly hurt the cat in his girlfriend’s garage and discovered its body when they arrived on scene.

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“It appears that during a fit of rage, Smirnoff strangled the cat,” Sgt. Shawn Freeman said.

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Smirnoff was booked at the Redondo Beach jail on $20,000 bail. He was due to make his first court appearance on Dec. 29.