A 69-year-old man who lives in Florida’s Ormond Beach in the US could face animal cruelty charges when he allegedly shot a neighbour’s cat with a BB gun.
The man, who has not been identified for legal reasons, told police officers he had become angry after the cat “looked at him like he owned the place,” before relieving itself on his property.
The cat, owned by a neighbour Hung Nguyen (60), later had to be put down as a result of its injuries.
Heidi Hatheaway, whose son found the injured cat hiding under their trailer park home, told News 6: “It was pathetic. It was the most saddest thing to see a little animal, literally tears running down its face.”
The 69-year-old man described his actions as a “poor judgment call,” and claimed he didn’t realise it was somebody’s pet.”It was not my intention to hurt that cat,” he said. “All I wanted to do was get it out in front of my walkway, stop pooping. For the flies and the smell is just horrendous.” He also admitted he had shot at cats before, but had previously always missed.
Authorities will review the case before deciding whether or not to press charges.