OXFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) – An Oxford man is under arrest, accused of killing his neighbor’s cat with a rifle over the weekend.

Craig Middendorf, 48, used a .22 caliber rifle to shoot and kill the cat in the backyard of his home on Roosevelt Drive around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, said police. He told them, the cat was annoying him and he thought it was a stray, according to authorities. The animal in fact was owned by a woman who lives next to him in a duplex.

Police seized Middendorf’s rifle; he had no other firearms, said police. He faces charges of cruelty to animals, first-degree reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Middendorf is due in Derby Superior Court February 5.



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