A 72-year-old man is charged with killing a cat with a pellet gun and putting the carcass in his trash can.
Dale E. Adkins pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree animal cruelty.
The charge is for intentionally killing “an animal while manifesting an extreme indifference to life.”
His trial is scheduled Sept. 11.
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Witnesses reported seeing Adkins on April 14 disposing of a suspected dead cat in his garbage.
The witnesses told the Benton County Sheriff’s Office they’d heard the sounds of a pellet gun being fired near Adkins’ trailer, court documents said.
They also reported that a black cat that had been playing in the Kennewick trailer park was now missing, documents said.
When deputies got a search warrant for Adkins’ garbage can, they reportedly found a dead black cat inside a bag in the can.
Adkins is out of custody on his personal recognizance.