Man Arrested After Allegedly Beating Cat with his Hands

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Probable cause led to an animal cruelty arrest of a Defuniak Springs man.

Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office say they arrested Shawn David Ball, 22, after contact at his residence.

Ball was asked to step outside and immediately retreated back into the house and fled on foot out the back door. Additional law enforcement officers responded to the scene, a perimeter was set up and a K9 track was started.

Approximately three-hours later, Ball was apprehended. According to the press release, on Sept. 5, Ball brutally beat a feline cat named “Pablo” with his hands, causing multiple contusions, hemorrhages and broken ribs.

Ball also allegedly burned Pablo’s face, leaving his right ear deformed, as well as the body and genitals with an unknown heat source.

Investigators responded to the residence the same day and found Pablo deceased in a litter box inside the residence. Upon further investigation, blood and cat hair was observed on the bed sheets. The evidence was collected which lead to Ball’s arrest.

Ball will also be charged with resisting an officer without violence.

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