SUMMIT TWP. (KDKA) — A Butler man is accused of threatening to kill his children and the family cat.

Michael Edward Mazurek, 49, was arrested early Thursday morning.

State police were called to a Summit Township home for a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, Mazurek’s 25-year-old son told officers he was in his room when his father came in holding the family cat, as well as a 12-inch knife, and threatened to slash the animal’s throat. The son was able to pry the cat away, which prompted the father to point the knife at him, threatening to kill the 25-year-old and his 17-year-old brother.

One of the sons told officers that threats were an ongoing issue with their father but it had never reached the point of involving weapons.

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Police found the knife in Mazurek’s bedroom. A smoking pipe with marijuana residue in it was seen on a desk, and Mazurek confirmed he used it to smoke marijuana.

He is charged with harassment, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, cruelty to animals, endangering the welfare of children and possession of a controlled substance.

State police requested a high bond for Mazurek, saying they’ve been called to the house on several occasions for domestic violence and they don’t want the man to have contact with his sons.

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