The man in the surveillance video peered into the bushes, a crossbow dangling at his side, before eventually leveling the weapon and firing. A terrified, bleeding blonde cat sprinted away, and the clip ends.
The little cat, a fixture at Miami Beach’s Franklin Hotel known as “Strushie,” was found with an arrow lodged in his skull in April. He was later euthanized.
Police were unable to find his killer quickly because the security footage was erased. It was later recovered by the U.S. Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force and released by the State Attorney’s Office.
The footage led to the arrest of 36-year-old hotel clerk Georgios Lollias, who, according to an arrest report, admitted he shot Strushie with a crossbow in April. He was charged with animal cruelty and tampering with evidence.
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The stray cat’s death galvanized the local animal activist community, which banded together with a “Justice for Strushie” Facebook page.