Prosecutors in the Metro East area of St. Louis say a former animal-control officer killed a kitten that wandered into a bar by slamming it against a door frame and throwing it to the floor.

Steve Skoklo faces up to three years in prison on the aggravated animal cruelty count.

Prosecutors say Skoklo, for reasons unclear, killed the orange, three-month-old stray kitten shortly before midnight October 14th in McGee's Bar and Grill in the Metro East community of Madison, Ill. The bar's patrons called police.

As the city's humane officer from 2005 until August, he investigated animal-related matters and caught loose or stray animals.

Messages seeking comment have been left at Skoklo's home