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Kenneth Ellis Allegedly Sniped a Kitten From His Condo Balcony

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Who snipes a kitten from his condo balcony?

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 68-year-old Naples resident Kenneth Ellis.

MCSO Deputy Becky Herrin says someone phoned the cops around 7 p.m. Monday, saying they just saw someone shoot a kitty at the Ocean Pointe Condos in Tavernier.

The man told deputies he was watching a mother cat and her two kittens, between four and five weeks old, playing around below his balcony.

Then he heard a "pop" and watched one of the black and white kittens begin "shaking and twitching," then watched it die, Herrin says.

The man told police he looked to his side and saw the barrel of some sort of gun protruding from the edge of a nearby balcony.

Two deputies arrived at the scene, and after confronting Ellis -- who was in the condo where the barrel of the gun-like object was seen -- he denied shooting any cat.

After further questioning, Herrin says, Ellis admitted to shooting the kitten.

Deputies also found the gun -- an airsoft rifle -- with a scope attached to it, Herrin says.

Ellis was booked into the Monroe County Jail on a felony animal-cruelty charge.

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