Alleged cat torturer accused of cutting tails

February 26, 2009 10:41:19 AM PST
A homeless man already charged with soaking live cats in gas and torching them in California is now accused with using scissors to lop off feline tails. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Timothy Kooyman was ordered to trial in May on four felony animal cruelty charges. Last week, San Bernardino County prosecutors amended the charges to include using scissors as a deadly weapon.

Kooyman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. It was not known if he had a lawyer.

Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Kooyman lured stray cats, then broke their legs and cut off their tails with scissors. Last May, Kooyman allegedly set a live cat ablaze and started a brush blaze.

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