Snowmass man who killed cat held on $5k bond |

Snowmass man who killed cat held on $5k bond

Staff Report

A judge on Tuesday ordered a 27-year-old Snowmass Village man accused of killing his family’s cat held on a $5,000 bond because he may be dangerous to himself, his family and the community.

Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Nathaniel Work has “some very serious, undiagnosed mental-health issues” and “no one knows how to treat him.”

Work’s mother, Stephanie Work, told Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely that her son has been seeing a psychiatrist for the past two months to try and diagnose what he suffers from.

Ely authorized deputies from the jail to escort Nathaniel Work to his psychiatrist’s office, though it was unclear if that would be acceptable to the psychiatrist. Nathaniel Work said he was willing to talk to the psychiatrist.

Ely also ordered a Mind Springs Health caseworker to set up a health evaluation for Nathaniel Work.

Nathaniel Work admitted to beating and drowning the cat early Saturday morning at the family’s home in Snowmass Village, according to a police report.