A former Florida sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after he stomped his ex-girlfriend’s cat to death, Fox 13 reports.
Former Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputy Eric Harris got into an argument with his then-girlfriend last month after they recently moved into an apartment together. Harris was reportedly upset about cat feces on the floor outside the litter box and their two cats jumping up on counters and furniture.
From Fox 13:
Harris’ girlfriend returned home on Aug. 22 and found both her cats hiding in a crate, TPD said. Her 3-year-old male cat named Axel was found with broken and bloody claws on his rear paws.
Axel was also acting odd and wasn’t able to stand using his back legs, so Harris’ girlfriend took the cat to her veterinarian in Sarasota, according to investigators. Axel was then taken to an animal hospital for urgent car, but the cat did die from its injuries.
Harris claimed to investigators that he had no idea what happened to the cat, but an autopsy of the cat showed that it was killed by blunt force trauma. Harris was arrested at his home and is now facing a charge of felony animal cruelty.
He has since been fired by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.