A woman from Dallas, Texas admitted to police that she fatally shot her husband because he was brutally beating the family cat, according to reports.
The 47-year-woman, Mary Harrison, was looking for the missing cat and had pasted multiple signs in her neighborhood, asking whoever had seen the kitty to return it to the family. The lost feline was eventually found and returned.
However, Harrison's beloved cat became the center of a dispute between her and her husband, Dexter Harrison, which eventually led her to shoot him.
Reports state that the incident occurred over the weekend when the Dallas police responded to a call about a shooting. The officials found Harrison at her home.
The police department, in a statement, said that she told officers she had had enough of the way her husband used to abuse the cat and she shot him after witnessing the beating one day, according to reports.
The shooting reportedly occurred just before 7:00 am in the 13200 block of Fall Manor Drive in Dallas on Sunday, according to police.
The 49-year-old victim was rushed to the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where he was pronounced dead. Officials said that Harrison was arrested for murder and was taken to the Dallas County Jail. A bail bond for her has been set for $100,000, according to local news station KXAS.
It is however not yet clear whether she was represented by an attorney, reports state. The family reportedly had two teenage sons and that they had recently shifted into their duplex home.
One of the family's neighbors, Carl Philips, while talking to a local TV station KTVT said: "A man got shot over a cat? It’s kind of crazy. It’s unbelievable. A man loses his life over a cat. I mean, people love their pets, but it ain’t that serious … to die for a cat."
Reports state that Mary Harrison waived her Miranda rights while she was being interviewed by police officials and admitted to the crime without being further probed.