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Hialeah man accused of shooting cat in the neck with a pellet gun

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HIALEAH, Florida – A man from Hialeah was arrested on Tuesday, weeks after he allegedly shot a cat in the neck with a pellet gun while the cat owner’s young child was nearby, authorities said.

Chistian Valero, 41, faces one count of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.

According to his arrest report, the incident occurred on the night of August 8 in the area of ​​East Fourth Avenue and East 32nd Street.

Hialeah Police said the woman who owned the cat and a witness were walking in front of Valero’s house when they heard a loud bang and saw Valero shoot the victim’s cat with a pellet gun.

“At the time of the shooting, the cat was sitting on top of a concrete pillar directly in front of the accused’s residence,” the arrest report reads.

The woman and the witness told officers that they heard Valero laughing and telling his wife. “I have it. He’s hit.

They then realized that the cat had been shot in the upper part of the neck and shoulders and was bleeding profusely.

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Police said the owner took the cat to a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic, where the cat was treated for the injury and given plenty of medication to take home.

According to the report, the woman told police her young child was near the cat at the time of the shooting and was almost hit by a lead.

Police said the woman and the witness had both lived in the area for many years and that Valero was their neighbor.

Authorities said Valero admitted to shooting the cat when questioned by police.

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