Ridgeland man arrested for killing cats with pellet rifle

Samuel Hardee, Jr.
Samuel Hardee, Jr.(Ridgeland PD)
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 1:41 PM CST
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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - A Ridgeland man faces felony charges of killing two cats.

Ridgeland police arrested Samuel Allen Hardee, Jr., on Thursday at his home on Boardwalk Boulevard.

Officers received a call about a citizen who saw a dead cat that had been left on a doorstep.

It was determined the cat had been shot with a pellet rifle.

Upon further investigation, a second cat was found dead that had also been shot with a similar weapon.

Hardee, 54, was arrested and charged with two counts of felonious injury to or killing of an animal.

Each charge carries up to 3 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Hardee was taken to Madison County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. The Mississippi Department of Corrections has also placed a hold on Hardee for probation violation reasons.

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