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UNION BEACH — A borough man is charged with causing the death of a three-year-old cat after he kicked the feline during an altercation with the man’s dog, animal protection advocates said.
James Paone, 45, of Aumack Avenue, is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and needlessly killing an animal after he violently kicked the cat of his neighbor after the feline tangled with his dog, according to Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Paone grabbed the dog and kicked the cat with such force, it was like he was drop-kicking a football,” Amato said.
The 70-year-old unidentified neighbor yelled out to Paone to stop, but with no avail, Amato said.
“He yells out to the guy, ‘You’re lucky I didn’t just kill it.’ Well, in fact, he did kill the cat,” Amato said.
The injured cat was taken to Red Bank Animal Hospital by Officer Joseph Russo of the Associated Humane Societies where a veterinarian was forced to euthanize the cat due to its injuries, Amato said.
Sgt. William Hyer, of the MCSPCA, is investigating the incident.
Paone is due in municipal court on Oct. 17 to answer to the charges. He faces a maximum of $2,000 in fines and up to 6 months in jail if he is found guilty, Amato said.
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