UPDATE: The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested a Bay Point man yesterday in connection to an incident of animal cruelty that took place in March of 2013.
During the course of a recent investigation involving the possible mutilation of two cats within Bay Point, BCSO investigators learned that Brian J. Rutherford, a Bay Point resident, had been involved in a complaint made to Bay County Animal Control regarding acts of animal cruelty involving a cat. This incident occurred earlier this year in March. According to a witness, in March of 2013 Rutherford had trapped a cat in a small-animal cage and, in the front yard of his home, beat on the cage with a piece of wood and then sprayed the cat with a high-velocity water hose. Animal Control responded at that time to Rutherford's home and spoke with Rutherford who admitted he had treated the trapped cat in that manner.
After learning of the March incident, the BCSO obtained and served a search warrant on Rutherford's home yesterday and a small-animal trap was found in the residence. Rutherford was arrested at his home yesterday evening and taken to the Bay County Jail at 8:50 p.m. He was charged with Animal Cruelty in connection to the incident in March of 2013.
The recovered remains of the second cat found in Bay Point have been sent to the University of Florida for examination on manner of death. At this time it is still unclear if the dead cats found in Bay Point are the result of animal predators or human actions.
Anyone with any information on the possible mutilation of cats in Bay Point is asked to call the Bay County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.
A Bay Point man is arrested and accused of animal cruelty.
According to the Bay County Jail Brian James Rutherford, 55, of Wahoo Rd. was arrested Tuesday evening and faces charges including animal cruelty and mutilation.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office says Rutherford was arrested for a March incident while they were investigating the death of cats found in the Bay Point area on September 1st and 9th, on Wahoo and Pompano Roads. Rutherford is not connected to that case.
Both animals were severed in half in those incidents. No arrest has been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 785-TIPS.