A 56-year-old Sherwood man was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm within city limits after Sherwood police responded to the area of 19 Glade St. in reference to the shooting of a cat.

William G. Tinnell, 7 Valewood Court, was arrested on March 19 after Tracy Powell, 19 Glade St., said she was in her residence in the living room area at the rear of her home when she heard what was believed to be a gunshot.

"Ms. Powell advised that she went to her bay window located at the rear of the residence and observed a yellow and white tabby cat bouncing about in the back yard of a residence which is located behind her house. Ms. Powell also advised that at the same time she observed a white male walk away from the cat and towards the rear door of the residence located behind her property."

Powell described the male as wearing dark-colored clothing and a white baseball-type hat.

Fuhrman and Officer John McGhee went to the residence, 7 Valewood Court, and made contact with the resident, Tinnell.

"I identified myself and advised Mr. Tinnell that I was investigating a complaint and asked for his identification," stated the report.

When questioned by police, Tinnell said he owned a .25-caliber pistol.

"I asked Mr. Tinnell if he had recently shot a cat in his back yard and he replied that he recently shot a cat in his backyard because it was urinating on his property.

"Mr. Tinnell advised that the pistol he used to kill the cat was located on top of a box," states the report.

The pistol was located on a small box inside the garage within view from outside the garage. "The pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and two rounds in the magazine," according to the report.

The report continues, "A large yellow/white tabby cat was located, deceased, in Mr. Tinnell’s backyard with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to its body.

Police took a picture of the cat and took it to the city’s animal control office.

"Mr. Tinnell was transported to the police department without incident and released into the custody of jail officers," stated the report.