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Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:55 AM Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 12:35 PM
By Rob Spahr / NJ.com
Authorities say a Union Beach man killed a neighbor’s cat by kicking it.
UNION BEACH – A 45-year-old borough man is charged with killing a neighbor’s cat after he allegedly kicked the cat after it tussled with his dog.
James Paone, 45, of Aumack Avenue in Union Beach, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and needlessly killing an animal after he allegedly kicked the cat of his neighbor, the Asbury Park Press reports.
“Paone grabbed the dog and kicked the cat with such force, it was like he was drop-kicking a football,” Victor “Buddy” Amato, the Monmouth County SPCA’s chief law enforcement officer, told the Asbury Park Press.
Amato said the 70-year-old unidentified owner of the cat yelled out to stop Paone, but Paone did not.
“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 cat was taken to Red Bank Animal Hospital by Officer Joseph Russo of the Associated Humane Societies where it was euthanized due to its injuries, Amato said.
The Monmouth County SPCA is still 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, the Asbury Park Press reported.[fbcomments]