Jury Considers Fate of Birdwatcher Who Killed Cat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Jurors in Galveston will resume deliberations today on the fate of a birdwatcher accused of animal cruelty for shooting a cat that lived under a bridge.

If convicted, Jim Stevenson could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Stevenson has admitted shooting the cat last fall because he saw it hunting a threatened species of bird near the San Luis Bridge Pass.

The defense says Stevenson thought the cat was a stray.

Texas law bars the killing of domesticated animals without the owner's permission.

But prosecutors say a toll bridge worker fed the cat, gave it bedding and named it "Mama Cat," effectively becoming the owner.

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