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Man is charged in deaths of 4 cats

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A central city resident has been charged with four misdemeanor counts after a state veterinary lab found insecticide in tuna eaten by four cats that died.

The man, 45, was charged with four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, each a class A misdemeanor, Wednesday in 3rd District Court.

Four dead cats were found April 14 and 15 near 1300 South and 200 East. A Salt Lake police officer who was investigating the deaths noticed a bowl of tuna on the ground in the back yard of a house in the neighborhood. The bowl was removed while the officer was taking down information, charges state.

The officer looked in a city garbage can and found two bowls of tuna and a latex glove. Blood samples from three of the dead cats and an autopsy of the fourth cat at a state lab determined they ingested Aldicarb, a highly toxic insecticide, charges state.

Police believe the resident was tired of cats going through his yard, charges state.