LANCASTER, SC - Two University of South Carolina-Lancaster students have been accused of shooting a cat with a BB pistol, according to Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
Grant Patyon Bodison, 19, and Joshua Allen Kiser, 19, were charged Thursday morning with ill-treatment of an animal related to the death of a cat.
The Lancaster PD first found out about this incident on Monday, September 12, and passed the information along to the sheriff's office.
An investigator and animal control office began investigating and learned the incident happened at a home at the 1500 block of John Everall Road late Saturday afternoon.
Some of the residents of the home are students at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster and the university conducted a parallel investigation.
The feral cat had become a nuisance to the residents of the home by rummaging through their garbage, according to a statement made during the investigation.
According to the sheriff's office, the cat appeared as the residents were cooking out Saturday afternoon. Bodison shot at and hit the cat, but the cat was not killed.
Kiser then also shot at the cat with the BB pistol but did not kill the cat. Another student of the residence saw the cat was injured and apparently suffering and dispatched(kill) the cat by hand. The cat was then buried on the property, according to the sheriff's office.
The animal control office recovered the body of the cat and took it to a veterinary clinic, where it was x-rayed. X-ray shows what appeared to BBs in the body of a cat, according to the sheriff's office.
“This was a senseless and unfortunate event,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. "I hope these young men learn something from the negative consequences that have and will result from this incident.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.sccrimestoppers.com.