Felony Cruelty Charge for Man Who Shot Cat and Laughed When Admitting it to Deputies
Taylor was found lying injured, with a bullet hole in his back, on Dennis Smith’s front porch. Smith is a self proclaimed cat whisperer who cares for the neighborhood’s cats. The kitten had been paralyzed by the shooting and was euthanized on the vet’s recommendation.
Following the kitten’s death, Smith reported the incident to the police and told them he suspected his neighbor, Morris Covey, as the shooter.
“He said he didn’t like cats and he was going to kill all the cats in the neighborhood,” said Dennis Smith.
When questioned by deputies, Covey reportedly admitted to shooting the kitten, and began laughing. Covey is said to have also told detectives that he keeps a piece of wood in his carport to bash cats (his own reported words are worse) if he catches them on his property.
Dennis Smith said, “It’s awful. It’s disgusting that anybody could do that to a creature like that,” and “He’s just a mean old man.”
Covey was arrested and then released on bond on February 7. His trial is scheduled for March 11.
The Collier Community Cat Coalition on Facebook from nearby Naples, FL posted the link to the booking and charges page for Morris Covey at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website, in order to spread the word to others in the animal rescue community.
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