The Indonesian Military (TNI) said one of their own — a general — may face criminal charges related to animal cruelty after he allegedly shot and killed several cats using an air rifle.
In a press release issued by TNI spokesman Major General Prantara Santosa today, the military believes that a brigadier general by the initials NA killed stray cats in and around a military Staff and Command School (Sesko) in Bandung, West Java.
“Based on his confession, brigadier general NA did this to sanitize the eating area and living quarters of cadets at the Sesko from the many stray cats in the area and not because he hates cats,” Prantara said.
The spokesman did not go into detail as to how many cats NA allegedly killed.
NA may face up to six months in prison for animal cruelty.
A video that has been shared by animal protection groups shows dead cats with bullet wounds scattered on the ground at the Sesko. A local animal shelter that has been following the case said that four cats — two of which were pregnant — were found dead, while two cats with severe injuries were taken to a vet.