A resident of Reyrieux in Ain was given a six-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for shooting cats in his neighborhood with a pellet gun.
The man had been arrested last January by the gendarmerie of Trevoux. In two years, a dozen cats had been victims of rifle fire and three of them had died.
Judged for serious abuse and acts of cruelty on a domestic animal, the suspect admitted the facts. According to Progress, he explained that he wanted to keep cats away from his property, on which he had created an educational garden in order to promote biodiversity. In addition to his six-month suspended prison sentence, he will also have to pay 5,000 euros in damages to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and the SPA, which had filed civil suits.