CRIME
11/27/2012 10:20 am ET

William Stroud Arrested: Drive-By Cat Shooting Prompts Bust By Florida Police

A man who allegedly killed a cat to kill some time now faces animal cruelty charges.

Police in Florida arrested 22-year-old William Stroud, of Orange City, for "killing a family's pet cat with a pellet gun," according to a Volusia County Sheriff's statement.

The attack took place on Nov. 9.

According to the police statement:

According to witnesses, Stroud drove in front of a house on 6th Street near Orange City, pointed a pellet gun out the window of the vehicle and fired at the cat while it sat in the driveway. Stroud drove away as the cat scurried off, and the owners didn’t immediately realize that it had been struck by the pellets.

The cat's owner witnessed the entire incident, but Stroud reportedly claims that he didn't know who owned the animal and apologized as he drove off, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The cat didn't find his way home that night, and two days later the owner discovered the animal dead in a sewer drain a few hundred feet from his house, WKMG reports.

In a charging affidavit, the deputy noted that the owners were not able to “give the cat proper medical treatment for his injury or humanely put it down because they were unable to locate it. Because of this the cat suffered unnecessary pain and death," according to CFNews.

Stroud was arrested Friday morning and booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. He is charged with animal cruelty.

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