Miami Beach man arrested, accused of shooting stray cat with arrow

A hotel worker has been arrested after he admitted to shooting a stray cat in the head and neck with a crossbow, police said.

Georgios Kollias, 36, of Miami Beach, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of animal cruelty.

The cat, nicknamed Strushie, was found with an arrow through the feline's head and neck on April 26 outside the Franklin Hotel in South Beach. Strushie had to be euthanized because of the injuries.

According to a Miami Beach police report, surveillance video from the hotel's security cameras appeared to have been deliberately deleted, so police enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service to help them recover the footage.

Police said it showed Kollias walking around with a crossbow and aiming it into some bushes where Strushie was hiding.

According to the report, Kollias admitted to shooting the cat twice with the crossbow.

"It is a great relief that we have found some level of justice for Strushie," Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates said in a statement. "This was a horrific act of animal cruelty. I congratulate our detectives on this arrest and the U.S. Secret Service for the critical assistance they provided to us."

Police said other arrests may be possible in the future.

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