Dockette, the cat Kevin Powers is accused of kicking and injuring. (July 19, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WATERLOO, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Authorities said a Greenwood man and jailer drop-kicked a cat 20 feet across a dock at an Upstate bar.
Laurens County deputies charged Kevin Powers, 24, Tuesday with cruelty to animals. He bonded out of jail the same day.
Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis confirmed that Powers worked as a jailer at the Greenwood County Detention Center. Davis suspended Powers when he initially heard of the arrest, but as of Friday morning, Davis said Powers no longer works for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office.
The owner of The Dock in Waterloo, Ronnie Henderson, said Laurens County investigators were called by multiple customers at the dock early this week.
He said they told him that on Saturday night, Powers had his dog with him on the back deck. Henderson said that's allowed, but normally if dogs are there, Dockette, the cat usually hides.
Dockette showed up a month after The Dock bar opened 17 years ago.
Customers told Henderson and authorities that the cat came out, hissed at the dog and that Powers then drop-kicked the cat across the deck.
Frances Hunter was the bartender at The Dock Saturday night. She said she found Dockette late Saturday, hiding under the dock.
First thing Sunday morning, she said she took her to the 24-hour emergency vet in Anderson. Doctors said Dockette was too old for surgery, has failing kidneys and possible broken legs.
On Thursday, Hunter said Dockette is doing better and she'll keep her at home, hoping for recovery.
"It's because of the cat and the cat being here so long and being a mascot for the dock," said Henderson. "I didn't have to call the authorities. My customers that were outraged that saw it, they called and turned it all in."
Powers told authorities that Dockette attacked his dog, so he gave her a little shove. Laurens County investigators said through talking to witnesses, they found enough probable cause to arrest him with cruelty to animals.
Davis said he used Laurens County's investigation to help with his own investigation into whether or not Powers should be let go from his position as a detention center officer.
Davis said Powers had begun work at the detention center in the fall of 2011.
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