LAKELAND, Fla. - Authorities are charging a woman with shooting a neighborhood cat to death after it attacked her, her pit bull and her sister.
Lakeland Police say 52-year-old Polly Boykin was charged Thursday with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in public.
Police say a cat named Skeeter, which was owned by Boykin's neighbor, chased the dog, scratched the sister and attacked Boykin. Boykin told the Lakeland Ledger that she shot Skeeter with her .32-caliber revolver for protection.
Boykin says her hand is infected because of the cat. She told the newspaper that she will fight the charges.
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