During the inquiry, a witness reported seeing a cat with many pellet wounds
TAMPA, Florida: The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office stated a 65-year-old man acknowledged shooting numerous animals near his residence.
According to documents, Osvaldo Garrido was booked into the Orient Road Jail on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals with a weapon. Hillsborough County officers arrived at a property on Elm Way and Oaks Street near Town 'N' Country on Nov. 12 after residents reported hearing gunfire and saw the suspect holding a pellet rifle in front of his home.
A witness also informed authorities that he grabbed the firearm from the guy, subsequently identified as Garrido, and stowed it inside his home without opposition from the 65-year-old, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. Neither the cops nor the neighbors were able to discover any animals suffering from a shooting during that visit, thus no crime was committed.
However, authorities contacted a witness in the same place one week later who informed them they found a cat with many pellet shot wounds, although it happened several weeks before.
"Further investigation revealed that police got documents from a local veterinarian who proved the cat had many injuries from a pellet gun," according to the news release. Deputies were able to question Garrido the next day, and he acknowledged firing at many cats in the neighborhood, according to the sheriff's office. Garrido was detained on Nov. 30 after a warrant was issued.
The bail amount was set at $7,500.
Sheriff Chad Chronister issued a statement saying, "I will not condone any act of animal cruelty in our county." "The defendant showed little care for the animals he hurt and admitted to shooting on several occasions. It's sad to realize that some people purposely injure animals."
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