In a case of animal cruelty, a man from Tacoma, Washington, killed a cat and dumped its body in a recycle bin because the feline “was going to the bathroom in the home.”

According to the court documents released Monday, the 40-year-old unnamed man lived with his girlfriend, her brother and children. Police responded to their home last Wednesday after the brother called them to report that the man had killed the family cat named Isis.

During interrogation, the accused denied killing Isis, however, when an officer "pointed out the blood on the defendant's shirt, the defendant smiled, laughed, and said he did what he had to do.” The man subsequentially admitted to the crime and said he first hit the feline’s head on the backyard deck before slitting its throat. The body of the cat was found in a recycle container by the officers.

According to the charging papers, "The defendant mentioned that it was no different than McDonald's or Burger King killing animals.”

The man was taken into custody and charged with first-degree animal cruelty, a charge he pleaded not guilty to. His bail was set at $5,000.

Meanwhile, the man’s girlfriend told police he was an alcoholic and regularly skipped his medication for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The incident comes less than a month after the remains of a dismembered cat were found in the North Everett neighborhood of Washington. Police put the neighborhood on high alert after remains of five cats were discovered since June.

Danielle Ford, who found the remains of a cat outside her home, had said, "Mutilated cat legs off of a cat's body. Kind of in this grass here. And, well my mom saw them on her way to work and then told me about them. And it was just a couple of days after a pair had been found just down the street from here."

In this image, a cat lounges next to a window at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, California, Aug. 25, 2017. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images