TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Losing two pets in a week’s time was an emotional blow forLucinda Womack. The Travis County woman held one of her twosurviving cats as she stood in the yard police had blocked Saturdaynight.
"Anyone who would hurt an animal is dangerous,” Lucindasaid.
Her roommate, Michael Hiser, 51, someone she has known for adecade and occasionally dated, is now in the TravisCounty Jail charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals.Travis County Sheriff’s deputies found him sitting inside thehome at 1716 Nightview Dr. with a dead kitten on his shoulder.
Lucinda recalled the events she said prompted her to call911.
"When I came back out,” she said, “he was standingat the refrigerator making himself a drink, and my cat was on thefloor, flopping with blood coming out of his mouth. He had beeninjured."
According to a court document, Womack told police, the nightbefore, she saw her roommate throw that same kitten across theroom.
"I think he threw it across the room again,” she said.
Just a week ago, another kitten disappeared. Womack said she hadcalled to remind Hiser to feed the cats before she arrivedhome.
"He said that I didn't have to worry about the cat, that he gotrid of the cat,” she said. “He kicked it hard enough,and he said it would never come back."
Her mother, Velda Womack, later found the other kitten dead inthe yard.
"I don't know how to say it, other than he just has no controlover his emotions,” Velda said.
An arrest warrant for Hiser said he told police the kitten fromlast night died by accident, somehow crushed under a recliner.Womack said the fact is this was the second dead cat in a week,prompting that call to police to protect not only her other catsbut also herself.
"I hope they prosecute him,” she sobbed. “That was asix-week-old kitten, and he's a big man. Any man does not need topound on an animal."
Hiser’s bond is set at $5,000. If convicted of the felonycruelty to animals charge, he could spend up to ten years in prisonand pay a $10,000 fine.
Marble Falls Police arrested Hiser in May, charged withpossession of marijuana and having a wrong, fictitious, or obscurevehicle registration. At the time, he was booked into the BurnetCounty Jail.
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