In Ocala, Florida the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a local man for cutting the tails off four-week-old kittens with a pair of garden scissors during a domestic argument with the kittens’ owner.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, James Reid, 68, intentionally cut the tails off the kittens after he was explicitly told not to touch them. The owner of the kittens told authorities Reid had been in an argument with her husband where Reid volunteered. It was at that point that Reid grabbed the scissors and a bottle of iodine and told another volunteer he planned to cut the tails off the kittens because he wanted the owner to “look at those cats and think of him.”
Soon after, Reid exited the barn with the kittens’ tails in his hands.
Marion County Animal Control officers assisted in the investigation, and their veterinarians advised that this “tail docking” was done improperly due to the age of the kittens, the lack of anesthetic and the wound not being stitched to assist with the healing process. Reid has been charged with animal cruelty.
(Photo of man who cut kittens’ tails off via Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
Reid posted a $2,000 bond last night.
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