Austin Police have charged 29-year-old Mark Watson with animal cruelty after they say he killed a kitten in the parking lot of a grocery store.
According to court paperwork, Watson was outside of an HEB in the 2100 block of Slaughter Lane on May 12 giving away kittens. Witnesses told police he was standing at the entrance to HEB with a sign advertising the free kittens.
One of the witnesses informed the manager of Watson's presence. The manager then asked Watson to leave. The manager said that Watson then became angry, grabbed the bucket, and threw it across the parking lot.
Witnesses say that Watson then picked up one of the kittens and threw it across the parking lot. That kitten dies shortly afterwards from its injuries. Then, investigators say two witnesses attempted to follow Watson as he fled the area on foot. Court documents allege they broke off the case after he picked up a cinder block and threw it at them.
Police were called to the scene but were unable to locate the suspect. Surveillance photos were released to the media, however nobody came forward to identify the suspect.
Then, on September 10 investigators received a call from a witness who claimed she had information about the case. According to her statement, she said Watson pulled up the news story on her smartphone and bragged about being the person in the incident.
Watson has been charged with cruelty to nonlivestock animals, a state jail felony.