The Hound has chased his share of cats in the past, but never used a .22-caliber while tracking them down.
That's what Sean O. Hand of Gurnee was charged with. Shooting Joshua the cat, a feline from his neighborhood, who took a bullet in the back. The cat's feeling fine after several thousand dollars in vet bills.
Mr. Hand's feeling fine, too, after a judge this week gave him a directed verdict of not guilty. The judge ruled that despite Mr. Hand telling his neighbors that he shot the cat, there was no corroborating evidence of the deed. So Mr. Hand strolled out of the Lake County courthouse a free man.
No word if Mr. Hand was going to eat the cat. After all, most hunters eat what they shoot and from the Hound's experience he can tell Mr. Hand that cat tastes like chicken. The Hound assumes Mr. Hand is a hunter because, according to Gurnee police, he has a .22-caliber rifle with a scope, five other long guns and three handguns.
With an arsenal like that he could bag his limit of cat in no time! Yum!