Live Oak man charged in torture, deaths of three cats
Web Posted: 09/17/2007 07:36 AM CDT
Marvin Hurst KENS 5 Eyewitness News
Universal City Police arrested a Live Oak man Sunday in a case of extreme animal cruelty involving the deaths of three cats. A person in the Cibolo Creek bottoms, an area used by walkers and joggers, discovered the mutilated bodies of three cats, police said.
The animals, front and hind legs bound with duct tape, had been tortured, police said. They also found knives and scissors near the scene.
A vehicle was found nearby and traced to Austin Patterson, 19, who lives at an apartment complex in nearby Live Oak.
Patterson told police he was a student at San Antonio College studying forensics who is interested in blood splatter. He and a friend were detained for questioning. However, Patterson was the only one who was arrested.
Authorities say Patterson had just adopted one of the cats from an ad on the Web site Craig's List on Saturday.
Patterson is charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty/torturing and killing. He was also charged with possession of marijuana. He is being held in lieu of a $61,000 bond.
This is not far from where I live. The web story left out some of the more "vivid" information about what exactly was done to the cats...
How horrible. I wonder the same thing of how people can do the things they do. It takes a cold cold heart to understand it. The only thing that may put a damper on these types of horrors, will be stiffer laws regarding animal abuse.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.