KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was issued two misdemeanor citations after police say he shot and killed his neighbor’s therapy cat.
The Knoxville Police Department says the man admitted to shooting the cat because it entered his Brice Street home through a window and attacked his cat. The man said he then chased the cat outside and shot it.
The man was cited for animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within city limits. Because both were misdemeanors, no arrests were made.
The Stambaugh family says the cat belonged to their autistic daughter for six years and the cat somehow escaped from their door when it got into the neighbor’s house.
“I just don’t understand it. It’s part of what angers me the most. I just don’t understand why it had to happen this way. If there had been a threat of some kind, I just don’t understand chasing him down to the fence and killing him. It makes no point,” said J.J. Stambaugh.
Stambaugh says the family plans on prosecuting their neighbor to the fullest extent.