After a day of duck hunting, Raymond Verhoeven and William Bradley Taylor posed for photos with the day’s kill — and it was more than the usual ducks they line up for their friends to see on Facebook, according to WISTV.
“It’s horrible and when I first saw the photographs, I was just appalled and sickened,” said Sheriff Bobby May.
In addition to the ducks, there were three cats. In photos they posted online, Verhoeven and Taylor are holding two of the dead cats, still apparently bleeding from fresh gunshots.
“The photos are really, really sad. The cats, they’re holding the cats like they’re trophies,” said Sheriff May. “A person asked and said why would these individuals want to take pictures of them and hold them like they’re trophies. You know, to them, they’re being brave and showing off bravado but really, they’re just yellow cowards because only a coward would do that.”
Sheriff May said no amount of justice can erase the images of the dead cats from his mind, “Obviously the photographs are very disturbing. These two men, holding cats like they were trophies and they obviously had been shot. Three cats that we could count.”
“If you don’t have a conscience and you abuse animals then what else can you abuse? It can go further,” May added.
The photos were posted on social media and upset citizens then forwarded them to the sheriff’s department.
Taylor has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge.
Verhoeven, whose Facebook page indicates he works for a natural gas drilling company, he has agreed to turn himself in on the outstanding warrant on December 19, when he returns from working out of state.
A third man involved in the incident, who took and posted the photos online, has cooperated with police and will not face charges.
A neighbor, who has been missing three cats, is expected to go to the station to identify the cats via the photos.
[Image Credit: WISTV]