Florida man accused of killing a neighbor’s cat is charged with second-degree murder

Florida man who allegedly killed his neighbor’s pet cat was charged Wednesday with second degree murder, authorities said.

Juan Carlos Linares, 38, was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly strangled the cat, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Linares allegedly killed the cat with a kitchen knife on Wednesday, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the cat.

The cat, named Maxima, died in Linare’s arms, but investigators believe the cat may have been injured in the incident, deputies said in a statement.

Lenares’ mother and two of his siblings live in the area, according the sheriff’s office.

He had previously been accused of assaulting his neighbor and breaking her arm, according a statement from the sheriff.

Neighbors said Linaretas lived alone and would often pick up stray cats to play with.

Linarets mother told police Linarez was a “bad kid,” the sheriff said.

The incident was first reported to authorities by a neighbor.