HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – An 18-year-old League City man is the second person to be charged with felony cruelty to an animal in connection with the shooting death of a stray cat, deputies said.
Alexander Marsh was charged on Tuesday. Joseph D. Morgan, a 24-year-old Highlands man, was charged with animal/torture with a firearm Saturday after he said he shot a cat to death in east Harris County, deputies said.
The investigation began along the San Jacinto River when deputies received a complaint about a firearms discharge. A deputy responded to Riverside Street and was told that Morgan had shot a black cat with a rifle, deputies said. The deputy found the cat’s body near the riverbank and then interviewed Morgan.
Morgan said he had found a stray, sick cat that needed to be euthanized, so he threw the cat into the air and shot it using a shotgun loaded with bird shot. Investigators said Marsh participated in the act.
The deputy also called the Houston chapter of the SPCA, which sent an investigator, who removed the cat’s body for autopsy and disposal.