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Florida man arrested for cutting tails off kittens after argument

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ANTHONY, Fla. -

A 68-year-old man from Anthony, Florida was arrested Monday after he intentionally cut the tails off of five 4-week-old kittens as retaliation after an argument with a neighbor.

According to the own of the kittens, James Steel Reid got into a shouting match with her husband on their farm where Reid volunteers. The Marion County Sheriff's Office reports Reid then grabbed a pair of garden scissors along with iodine and told a coworker that he was going to cut the tails off the victim's kittens. He told witnesses he wanted the victim to "look at those cats and think of him."

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

Marion County Animal Control officers helped deputies in their investigation of what happened. Their veterinarians advised that the "tail docking" was done improperly due to the age of the kittens, lack of anesthetic and the wound not being stitched to assist with the healing process. 

Reid was charged with animal cruelty. He posted his $2,000 bond Monday.

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