Man confesses to shooting cat in head with crossbow

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man was arrested, Wednesday morning, for shooting two arrows into the head of a cat, leading to its death in April.

According to Miami Beach Police, 36-year-old Georgios Lollias was arrested in an investigation that began on April 26, when a cat named Strushie was found near the Franklin Hotel with an arrows in its head. Lollias was an employee of the hotel.

Police said Lollias confessed to shooting Strushie twice with a crossbow. The cat was later euthanized by a veterinarian.

Detectives obtained video evidence from the hotel but suspected images of the crime may have been deliberately deleted. With the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service’s Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, Lollias was identified as the man suspected to have shot the cat.

“It is a great relief that we have found some level of justice for Strushie,” said Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates. “This was a horrific act of animal cruelty. I congratulate our detectives on this arrest and the U.S. Secret Service for the critical assistance they provided to us.”

Lollias has been charged with animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill and tampering with physical evidence.

Lollias is being held on a $30,000 bond, and must also surrender his passport.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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