TAVERNIER, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a man was charged with animal cruelty after he admitted to shooting a kitten with an airsoft rifle, killing the feline.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said a guest at Ocean Point Condos in Tavernier was watching a mother cat and two kittens below his balcony Monday night when he heard a "pop" and one of the kittens shook, twitched and died, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.
The guest told deputies he saw an airsoft gun barrel protruding over the edge of a nearby balcony, where investigators found Kenneth Ellis, 68, of Naples.
Ellis, who had an airsoft rifle with a scope attached inside the condo, admitted to shooting the kitten, deputies said.
Ellis was jailed on a cruelty to animals charge.