A man is accused of shooting and killing a cat that "annoyed" him, according to state police.
Craig Middendorf, 48, of Oxford, faces cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment charges.
Troopers said the cat turned out to be a pet belonging to his nextdoor neighbor.
They said Middendorf told them that he thought the cat was a stray.
Troopers said he killed the cat in his backyard with a .22 caliber rifle.
The rifle was seized. State police said he had no other firearms.
Middendorf was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond.
He's due in court in Derby on Feb. 5.
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