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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 45-year-old man who allegedly admitted to police that he had put out pie tins with poison-laced tuna has been arrested for investigation into the deaths of four cats in his neighborhood.
The man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Thursday for investigation of animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor.
About 5:20 a.m. a resident leaving for work found his cat dead on the ground, police detective Dwayne Baird said.
The man spotted two more dead cats, police were called and a fourth dead cat was found.
Police noticed a pie tin with tuna in a neighbor's driveway and saw the man throwing other pie tins into the trash can, Baird said.
The man told police he mixed poison with the tuna fish and purposely left it in his driveway because he didn't like cats, Baird said.
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