Arkansas hunters facing charges for killing cats during duck hunting trip

December 5, 2014

Two Eastern Arkansas hunters are facing charges for killing cats after a picture posted on social media ended up on the desk of the local sheriff. My Fox Memphis reported the story December 4.

St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May says the photo posted on social media of the two men led to warrants being issued for their arrest for aggravated animal cruelty.

William Taylor and Ray Verhoeven are charged with aggravated animal cruelty after the photo taken while they were out duck hunting was posted on social media.

People don’t realize any time a photo is posted, it’s out there forever. Animal advocates have become skilled in taking screenshots, so even if the abuser removes a photo, someone out there is likely to have a record of it.

Sheriff May told My Fox

“It actually shows what cowards they are, only a coward would treat a domesticated animal like that.

Taylor and Verhoeven were identified quickly, as the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department worked with the state Wildlife and Gaming and tracked one of the suspects back to his house.

Both men may lose their hunting licenses and possibly be fined, as animal cruelty in Arkansas is a Class D felony. Sheriff May said about the suspects

“Thank goodness they are stupid. If they were smart they wouldn’t be criminal to begin with.”

Taylor, who was arrested, is out of jail on a $25,000 bond. Verhoeven is out of town working and is expected to turn himself in when he returns on December 19. Both men are set to face a St. Francis County judge on January 23, 2015.

The two are expected to face a St. Francis County judge Jan. 23, 2015.

The cats belong to a Ruthie Davis, who lives 100 feet from where her cats were killed.

If you know of a case of animal cruelty you can report it by calling 901-937-3910 or by e-mailingreportcruelty@memphishumane.org.

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