An Ormond Beach resident could be facing animal cruelty charges after he fatally shot a neighbor’s cat in his yard last week. The man, who has not yet been identified, told officers he became angry after the cat “looked at him like he owned the place,” before pooping in his yard in the Pinewood Trailer Park.
60-year-old Hung Nguyen is now mourning the loss of his cat, who he had to have euthanized as a result of the shooting. Another resident, local woman Heidi Hatheaway, whose son found the injured animal 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 who shot the cat says it was a “poor judgement call,” not realizing he had shot someone’s pet. He also admits to having shot at cats before – but has never actually hit one. “It was not my intention to hurt that cat. 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 said
The state attorney’s office is still reviewing the case to determine whether there’s enough evidence to charge the man with felony animal cruelty. Mr. Nguyen now has 8 cats left.