JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A Johns Island man was arrested Sunday for killing a neighbor's pet cat.
According to an incident report, Charleston County deputies responded to the 1500-block of Traywick Drive Sunday, where a man told them his gray domestic cat, Teddy, had been shot.
Arthur Glover, who lives nearby, has been charged with ill treatment to animals.
According to arrest warrants, Glover shot the cat in his yard with shotgun pellets Sunday morning.
The warrant states a witness who was in the cat owner's yard told deputies he saw the cat run toward the yard before collapsing.
Josh Motsinger is the cat's owner.
"I heard gunshots in the backyard. I'd woken up and about 30 seconds later my younger brother had run in my room telling me wake up, wake up, the neighbor shot my cat," Motsinger said.
According to the court papers, Glover, 43, told deputies he shot the cat because it was in his backyard. The incident report says Glover told deputies he thought the cat was feral and didn't know it was a pet.
He told deputies the cat was believed to be responsible for getting all the other stray cats in the area pregnant. Arthur further advised that he shot the cat with a 12 gauge Remington shotgun that was secured.
"If I knew this was going to become a [expletive] storm, I would have just shot the cat with a BB gun," he told a deputy after being taken into custody.
"I want him in jail, to me it's murder," Motsinger said. "I want something to be done to where he truly sees that there's going to be repercussions for hurting somebody's animal that is the same a hurting somebody's family member."
After court, Glover's girlfriend said the cat had been terrorizing the neighborhood. She said Glover meant to scare the cat, not kill it.