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Two arrested for shooting injured cat like skeet pigeon

Random stray cat.

Random stray cat.

Specifically, two Texas men were arrested after police say on January 18, 2014, they tossed an injured cat into the air and shot it with a shotgun, rather than taking it to a vet.

The suspects, Alexander Marsh, 18, alleged tosser, and Joseph David Morgan, 24, alleged shooter, reportedly explained to police that they found a sick, injured stray cat and “shot the cat because the cat’s eye was previously injured and they lacked the funds to take the animal to a veterinarian.” Not for treatment, mind you. They thought the cat needed euthanizing. Reports do not state how the animal was injured in the first place, just that the suspects claim to have found it that way.

Worse, they seem to have had crappy aim, because the cat didn’t die right away, and “was flopping around in apparent pain after it was thrown in the air, shot with the shotgun, and then landed on some broken concrete and bricks that affiant observed to be approximately 20 feet below the area where the witness described the cat as having been thrown,” according to the affidavit.

Eventually, the cat died. A deputy responding to a call from a witness found the animal’s carcass near the San Jacinto River.

They were arrested, Marsh for felony animal cruelty, and Morgan for cruelty to animals-torture with a firearm. Both were released on bail.

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