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Accused dog murderer also being charged for killing cat

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We first brought you our exclusive video of a man accused in a pet killing arrested on Thursday - that suspect, Gerald Cruz II, appeared in court late this afternoon. And in a surprising twist of events, he's being charged for killing not just a dog but a cat, as well.

Pugua the dog was found shot to death on private property late last month.

His alleged killer, Gerald Wayne Cruz II, appeared before Magistrate Judge Benjamin Sison on Friday afternoon. His Honor addressed Cruz, saying, "They're accusing you of committing the following crimes: two counts of animal cruelty as a third degree felony with a special allegation for possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony."

The Yigo man is accused of killing not just Pugua, but also a cat. Court documents state his wife witnessed both shootings using his .22-caliber rifle. A search warrant on Thursday recovered the firearm, as well as other guns his wife claimed he "had used when shooting the animals." Court documents state another witness saw him shoot a cat in the neighbor's yard, pick up the body, and throw it in the back of his truck before driving off.

Prosecutor Jeremy Kemper argued the defendant be held on $25,000 cash bail. Public defender Jocelyn Roden, arguing that amount is simply too much, saying, "This is a case involving gun violence and property of other people. It's five different animals on five different dates over the past summer...the two biggest concerns for the court are danger to the community and whether or not he will flee the territory. He is not a flight risk, Your Honor. All his ties are here, his wife is here. All his property is here."

Cruz, documents state, confessed to killing the cat, but not the dog.

Though there have been other attacks on pets along Goro Elena St. in Yigo, Cruz is not facing charges in those incidents. GAIN has reported a Rottweiler was shot and killed while a golden retriever survived a bullet to the testicles and leg. Another dog was also found shot to death in a neighbor's yard.

It was noted that Cruz has a misdemeanor child abuse conviction, which has since been closed. Prosecution also noted that Cruz has a valid firearms ID. He was released on a performance bond. Should he fail to follow court orders, he'll have to pay $25,000 and go back to jail.

His next court hearing is set for Nov. 1.

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