Two men were charged in the death of a cat that they repeatedly shot with a BB gun, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Grant Payton Bodison, 19, of Simpsonville and Joshua Allen Kiser, 19, of Aiken, were charged with ill treatment of animals, according to officials. They were charged in connection with the Sept. 10 death of a feral cat on their property.
Lancaster County deputies and animal control officers began investigating after receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers, according to Doug Barfield, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The incident happened at a home on the 1500 block of John Everall Road, and some of the residents of the home are students at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster. Bodison and Kiser are students at USC-Lancaster, which conducted a parallel investigation.
According to statements obtained during the investigation, the feral cat had become a nuisance to residents of the home by rummaging through their garbage, Barfield said. The cat appeared as the residents were cooking out on Sept. 10.
Bodison shot at and struck the cat with a BB gun, but the cat didn’t die, Barfield said. Kiser then shot at the cat with the BB pistol but did not kill the animal.
“Another person at the residence saw the cat was injured and apparently suffering and dispatched the cat by hand,” Barfield said. “The cat was buried on the property.”
An animal control officer recovered the cat’s body and took it to a veterinary clinic, where X-rays revealed two BBs in the cat’s body, Barfield said.
“This was a senseless and unfortunate event,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “I hope these young men learn something from the negative consequences that have and will result from this incident.”