Who is Tommy Wayne Hasting? (Arrested and Torture charges after animal abuser shoot cat) Biography, Wiki
A Texas man is behind bars facing torture charges after allegedly shooting a cat with a high-powered crossbow.
CBS DFW reports that the incident happened in the 3200 block of W. Division Street in Arlington, where a neighbor found a severely injured cat with an arrow through his neck and torso. Animal Services transported the cat to an animal medical center for emergency surgery.
Animal Services quickly responded and obtained medical treatment for the black, short-haired domestic cat who underwent emergency surgery.
A few days later, Animal Cruelty Investigator Brandi Alcantar went to the call location and spoke with residents in the area to develop a timeline on what happened and who was responsible for this crime. Alcantar said Hasting intentionally shot the animal. One witness, according to the arrest affidavit, said Hasting “laughed and thought it was funny.”
“This disturbing case of torturing an animal will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Kevin Kolbye. “We will put as many resources as needed into animal cruelty investigations to bring justice in these types of cases.”
After Animal Cruelty Investigator Brandi Alcantar tracked down and interviewed local residents who said Tommy Wayne Hasting shot the cat. A neighbor said that Hasting “laughed and thought it was funny”, according to an arrest statement.
“The torture of this disturbing animal will not be tolerated,” said Temporary Police Chief Kevin Kolbye. “We will put as much resources into animal cruelty investigations as necessary to ensure justice in such cases.”
Hasting was arrested on Thursday and charged with a hefty crime of “Cruelty to Non-Animal Animals: Torture”.
Meanwhile, the cat survived, according to NBC DFW reports. Authorities named the cat “Robin” and made it “Animal Services shelter cat”. Robin’s story will be shared through persecution training programs.
“Robin has become a member of our shelter family and we are excited to have it,” said Ray Rentschler of Animal Services.
The criminal case was assigned to West Criminal Investigations Division. Detective Anthony Stafford continued investigative work on the case and obtained an arrest warrant for Cruelty To Non-Livestock Animals: Torture, which is a felony-grade offense.
The City of Arlington is pleased to announce that the cat, now named Robin, was adopted as the official Animal Services shelter cat to assist with telling his story on anti-bullying and cruelty education program.