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Man accused of killing 10 cats pleads not guilty

July 25, 2019

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to torturing and killing 10 cats.

Joshua Boyer of Escondido entered pleas Tuesday to 11 animal cruelty counts.

A GPS tracker on a neighbor’s missing cat led authorities in May to Boyer’s home.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says a prosecutor in court described authorities finding dead cats on the property. Jared Coleman told the judge some cats were zip-tied by their limbs to metal cages.

Coleman said inside a locked shed, investigators found a machete, ax, aluminum baseball bat, a crossbow and other weapons. Authorities say blood and fur was found on some items and on the walls and floor.

Investigators say Boyer procured some cats from a local Humane Society and Craigslist.

He was arrested Friday and held on $250,000 bail.

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