Police in Vélez-Málaga have arrested a 52-year-old man who was allegedly caught shooting at a neighbour’s cats with an air rifle, and seriously injuring them. The individual is now also being investigated in connection with the drowning of a dog in a pool and the death of two other felines.
The woman, who also lived in the Axarquia town, suffered the loss of several pets in a short space of time, and the deaths coincided with the arrival of a new neighbour in a building adjacent to her home, said the National Police in a statement.
First she found her dog drowned in the pool; and later she found one of her cats badly injured - but the animal died due to the severity of its injuries after two months of suffering. More recently, another of her cats was found dead near her home.
The woman was suspicious of her new neighbour, since he had made derogatory comment about her animals, and she also found his behaviour threatening according, to police.
The suspect was later caught red-handed when he shot and seriously injured two more cats, that required 1,200-euros of veterinary care to save their lives.
Police officers arrested the suspect for alleged animal abuse and crimes and recovered the compressed-air rifle that was apparently used in the attack on the animals.