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Mesa County Animal Services Manager Doug Frye confirmed that his agency issued the citation for aggravated animal cruelty to Orchard Mesa resident Ed Haynes, who admitted to drowning a cat because he was sick of it ruining his landscaping. (Photo via Mesa County News blog)

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A man accused of killing his neighbor’s cat and giving her back the dead body when she came looking for her pet has received a citation.

Mesa County Animal Services Manager Doug Frye confirmed that his agency issued the citation for aggravated animal cruelty to Orchard Mesa resident Ed Haynes, who admitted to drowning a cat because he was sick of it ruining his landscaping.

Lisa DeShazer, the cat’s owner and Haynes’ neighbor in the Chipeta Pines subdivision, reported that Haynes trapped her cat, Little Mister, and when she contacted him to get it back, he returned the cat’s body and confessed to drowning the animal.

DeShazer reported that she heard her cat, Little Mister, meowing in Haynes’ backyard where he was confined in a trap on July 25. After several attempts to contact him at his home, he answered the door and when DeShazer asked for her cat, “he returned a couple of minutes later with Little Mister dead and dripping wet in a cage and handed it to her,” according to her account posted on social media. Her account also said Haynes told her the cat was ruining his lawn.

Read more at gjsentinel.com.