It all started Saturday when the Harris County Sheriff's Office received a complaint about a firearms discharge on Riverside Street along the San Jacinto River in Highlands. When deputies arrived, they learned that a black cat had been fatally shot with a rifle.
Joseph D. Morgan told investigators that he found a stray cat that was reportedly sick and needed to be euthanized, so he threw the cat into the air and shot it using a shotgun loaded with bird shot.
Deputies found the cat's body near the riverbank and called the Houston SPCA, which sent an investigator for the cat's body. A necropsy is planned, officials said.
Morgan, 24, is charged with cruelty to animal/torture with firearm. Bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
No additional details were released.
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