Police report: Teen laughed about shooting cat

Jonathan Hall, 18, is accused of shooting and killing his mother’s cat. He is in jail, held on a $7,500 bond.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

An 18-year-old accused of shooting his mother’s cat, laughed as he told her the story of how the animal struggled and cried in its final moments, according to a police report released Tuesday.

Jonathan Hall of Clovis is being held on a $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

He is charged with a felony — maliciously torturing an animal. He also faces misdemeanor charges of negligent use of a firearm and criminal damage to property, court records show.

Hall’s probation officer contacted police Friday, the report said, and questioned why police hadn’t helped his mother or taken a report regarding the torture and killing of the cat.

The officer looked into the incident and learned Hall’s mother, Brie Barth, had spoken to another officer a week prior and turned over a .22 rifle she said her son had used to kill her cat.

The second officer learned no report had been taken in the first contact with Hall’s mother.

Barth said the officer told her there was nothing he could do and gave her son a “stern” talk.

She said after the incident her son became worse because it made him believe he couldn’t get in trouble with the police.

Hall’s mother met with the second officer and told him that two weeks prior, her cat Jack-O-Lantern, “Jack,” went missing and a week later, her younger son told her his older brother killed Jack.

The woman said her younger son told her they had taken Jack to Ned Houk Park and hung the cat by its neck in a tree from a “hangmen’s noose”, then shot at him with a .22 caliber rifle.

The woman said she confronted Hall and he laughed when he told her how Jack clawed at the noose and gasped for air while hanging.

The report said Hall told her he shot the cat’s legs so he would stop squirming and clawing, then shot him in the stomach and made his brother and brother’s friend shoot at the cat.

The woman said Hall told her he finally shot Jack in the head because he was meowing so loud, the report said.

The teen said he cut the cat down and threw it in a dumpster.

Officers accompanied the woman to the park and found bullet casings and bullet holes in a pavilion in the area where her son told her he had hung the cat.

The gun, which the woman told police her son had traded drugs for, was taken into evidence.

Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Monday that Hall also is also facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for involving the two younger boys in the incident.