A Leesburg man was arrested Monday and charged with a recent fatal cat shooting in Sterling, according to Loudoun County Animal Services.
LCAS Humane Law Enforcement Officers executed a warrant for the arrest of Jonathan Tyler Davis, 28, after a concerned citizen submitted a tip, according to LCAS.
He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 26, the county said.
According to LCAS, Davis could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
In November 2020, Davis allegedly shot the cat in Sterling with a pellet gun, resulting in multiple injuries and fractures and eventually leading to the cat’s euthanasia.
That shooting incident is one in a string of 10 that LCAS has reported since April of last year, resulting in five deaths.
Last month, local animal welfare groups and citizens announced they would offer an $8,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“Through this investigation, we have felt the support of our community and we are relieved to be able to give them an answer in this case,” LCAS Humane Law Enforcement Chief Chris Brosan said in a statement. “We remain dedicated and will continue our investigations until justice has been served for all these cats and their heartbroken families.”
Those with potentially helpful information regarding the other reported cat shootings are asked to call LCAS at 703-777-0406. Callers may remain anonymous.