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Man uses garden scissors to cut off tails of 5 cats after having argument with their owner

By Emily Lewis 7:31 AM December 1, 2017
James Steele Reid

A cruel man used garden scissors to inflict serious injuries on five helpless cats, according to police in Florida.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 68-year-old James Steele Reid after he intentionally cut the tails off of five 4-week-old kittens.

According to the owner of the kittens, Reid got into a verbal altercation with a man whose wife owned the 5 kittens.

This unfolded on a farm where Reid and the owner of the kittens volunteer.

Reid grabbed a pair of garden scissors along with iodine and told a co-worker that he was going to cut the tails off the woman’s kittens.

He told witnesses that he wanted the victim to “look at those cats and think of him.”

Soon after, a witness saw Reid exit the barn with the kittens’ tails in his hands.

Marion County Animal Control officers assisted in the investigation, and their veterinarians advised that this “tail docking” was done improperly due to the age of the kittens, the lack of anesthetic, and the wound not being stitched to assist with the healing process.

Reid has been charged with animal cruelty.

He was booked into jail and his bail has been set at $2,000.