A former Australian soldier accused of storming an animal shelter to retrieve his cat pleaded guilty on Monday to offense charges, local reports said.
Tony Wittman, 45, was wearing full combat gear and was armed with a fake assault rifle when he broke into The Lost Dogs’ Home in Melbourne on January 11.
A 23-year-old employee pleaded for her life as Wittman tied her up and questioned her about her cat’s whereabouts, 9 News reported.
Wittman told the employee to count to 100, and he left the shelter without picking up his cat. Police arrested him on his return the next day, ABC reported.
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Wittman reportedly told police he suffered from PTSD from military service and “felt he needed the cat back and acted without thinking about the consequences.”
He pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday to forcible confinement, aggravated burglary, criminal damage, perjury, assault and carrying a fake weapon, The Australian reported.
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Wittman’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 2022, according to reports.
The Lost Dogs ‘Home did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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