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Man points gun at cat, not charged

With just these photos, Jones says McGuiness cannot be cited for animal cruelty if the animals are in fact unharmed.  (Source: WBBH via Facebook) With just these photos, Jones says McGuiness cannot be cited for animal cruelty if the animals are in fact unharmed. (Source: WBBH via Facebook)
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WECT/WBBH) -

A man from Florida will not face charges after pictures of him pointing a gun a cat surfaced online.

Thomas McGuiness is the man who posted the picture is 

Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte Sharon Thomas was almost brought to tears after seeing a Facebook post of a man holding a cat by its scruff and pointing a gun at it.

"To see something like that it just turns my stomach," Thomas said.

WBBH in Fort Myers, FL reported the post to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control before it could be taken down.

"It angers us beyond belief," Charlotte County Animal Control Division Manager Lt. Brian Jones said.

Thomas McGuiness of Port Charlotte who is seen pointing the gun at the cat later posted: "don't know why everybody so mad about a cat we only shot it twice."

Lt. Brian Jones with the Charlotte County Animal Control said McGuiness has been cooperating with authorities and has apologized for the photo. McGuiness says the animals are OK, but animal services is going to check on them as soon as possible. 

With just these photos, Jones says McGuiness cannot be cited for animal cruelty if the animals are in fact unharmed. 

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