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WARSAW – A 57-year-old Perry man has been charged by State Police with fatally shooting and burying three cats that a Castile couple had asked him to care for while they were away, officials announced Monday.

Roland H. Reinisch was arrested July 29 and charged with three misdemeanor counts under the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law for torturing or injuring animals. He is accused of burying the cats after killing them. After being processed at the Warsaw State Police station, he was given an appearance ticket for Castile Village Court proceedings in several weeks.