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19-year-old indicted for killing cats, shooting at deer in Brooklyn

Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 24, 2017

A 19-year-old man was indicted on charges of animal cruelty for killing two pet cats and a shooting at deer in Brooklyn over the last few months.

Carl Novak appeared in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday for the following charges:

  • Two counts of discharging of firearm on or near prohibited premises
  • One count of felonious assault
  • Two counts of criminal damaging
  • Four counts of animal cruelty
  • Two counts of aggravated theft

Novak pleaded not guilty to those charges. His bond is set at 250,000.

Novak was arrested on July 28 after police said he fired at a baby deer with a .22 caliber rifle. 

As police investigated the complaint, Novak confessed to shooting a cat in the head with a .22 caliber rifle on Winter Lane in Brooklyn on May 8.

Novak told police he was also responsible for shooting at a moving vehicle on May 23. According to court documents, using a .22 rifle, he shot at car entering I-480 eastbound from Tiedeman Road. The round struck the rear driver's side door, hitting the rear passenger compartment.

Police say he also shot a cat named Lucky in the neck sometime in June. That cat belonged to a resident of Memphis Villas South.