San Antonio man arrested for shooting, torturing cat

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - A 77-year-old man is facing felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly torturing, shooting a cat in the neck at the Spanish Oaks Apartments in the 3000 block of Cripple Creek, according to Animal Care Services.

The incident occurred Nov. 12 when, witnesses say, Donald Martin began shooting at a group of cats from his second-floor balcony.

The cats are cared for by apartment residents, according to a spokesperson with ACS.

A one-year-old female, gray tabby cat was hit in the neck and died shortly afterward despite efforts by Good Samaritans to help her.

Martin was arrested Tuesday morning by the San Antonio Police Department's North Patrol Property Crimes Unit, which is working with ACS investigators.

Animal cruelty is a state felony punishable by two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

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