Grand jury to get cat-killing case

Posted: March 20, 2013

The Winchester Star

Billy Kidd Pitcock

WINCHESTER — A county man accused of killing his neighbor’s cat with a pellet rifle waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Billy Kidd Pitcock, 52, of the 1100 block of Round Hill Road — who is charged with animal cruelty causing death — appeared Tuesday afternoon in Frederick County General District Court.

The charge — a Class 6 felony — was certified to a grand jury. If indicted, Pitcock could face from one to five years in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.

The charge stems from a Sept. 3 incident in which Pitcock allegedly killed his neighbor’s 6- to 7-month-old bobtail cat.

The two neighbors got into a spat when the victim allegedly saw Pitcock shoot the pellet rifle at his home, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

The alleged victim called police, came back outside and saw Pitcock walk out of the woods near an old boat, the complaint states.

He also noticed that his cat was missing, went out to the wooded area where Pitcock was and found the dead pet, according to the complaint.

Police responded to the area around 8:50 a.m., and at first, Pitcock denied shooting anything, but the complaint states that he changed his story twice.

He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, where the complaint states that he measured 0.13 on a preliminary breath test.

According to court documents, Pitcock has an extensive criminal history, including seven DUIs, multiple possession charges, assaults and malicious wounding. He has seven felonies in Virginia.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com