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updated: 2/18/2013 7:46 AM

Ind. man charged with felony after kicking cat

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A Fort Wayne man has been charged with animal cruelty after police say he repeatedly kicked a stray cat.

Allen County prosecutors filed an animal cruelty charge Friday against 54-year-old Larry Knox. Knox couldn't be reached for comment Saturday because his phone number was unlisted.

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Court documents say Knox called police Dec. 4 to complain the cat had gotten into his home. A police officer and an animal control officer found the cat hiding behind a bed and asked Knox why it was stunned. Knox allegedly laughed and said he kicked the animal in the face, dislodging one of its teeth, and continued to kick it after it fled into a bedroom.

Knox allegedly told the officers he didn't like cats.

The cat was taken to a shelter for treatment.

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