According to Monday's Dallas News, a 17-year-old, Grand Prairie, Texas, teen, who is accused of mutilating his neighbor's cat, will remain free on bond.
Oscar Vega, who is facing an animal cruelty charge, learned Monday that he will remain free on bond thanks to a decision by Judge Rick Magnis, to not increase his bail.
In August, Vega allegedly beat the cat in the head 30 times with a hammer, and then beheaded and eviscerated the feline; the cat's owner discovered the brutalized cat and contacted the authorities.
A city animal services officer found the cat's mutilated body discarded near Vega's residence on the 600 block of West Tarrant Road; a search of Vega's home turned up a knife which still had blood and fur from the tortured cat.
More disturbing items were discovered inside of Vega's apartment, including a mask, crowbar and an ice pick.
Authorities noted that Vega seemed "nonchalant," about the cat's death and claim that Vega dismissed the killing because it happened to "just an animal."
Currently, Vega is on house arrest, but he is able to go to work and school.
According to KCEN News, Vega could face up to ten years in prison if he is convicted.
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