A Carthage man faces several city misdemeanor charges after two dogs authorities say were his killed four or more cats in a central Carthage neighborhood Sunday evening.

A Carthage man faces several city misdemeanor charges after two dogs authorities say were his killed four or more cats in a central Carthage neighborhood Sunday evening.

Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said Jermichael Staples, Carthage, faces one count each of dog at large, possessing a vicious animal, having a pitbull in the city limits and no city license. Staples is scheduled to appear in municipal court on Feb. 22.

The two dogs, a pitbull, and a mixed breed according to Dagnan, are at the Carthage Humane Society and will not be allowed to be brought back into the city.

“I've been here 10 years and I've never had a dog kill more than one animal,” Dagnan said. “Occasional you get a dog that kills a cat, or a dog that kills a squirrel or a chicken, but I've never literally had the dogs going from house to house looking for cats to kill.”

Dagnan said the incident started at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday with a resident in the 300 block of Howard reporting two dogs at large in the neighborhood.

“Then we started getting calls from people who were concerned that their cats were being attacked by these dogs,” Dagnan said. “Two feral cats were killed and one pet cat on Main Street and one cat on East 10th Street were confirmed killed. We've got second-hand information that another pet cat on Main was killed, but we haven't confirmed that. No one has actually called us to tell us the second cat on Main Street was killed.”

Dagnan said patrol officers took reports from officers and captured the dogs Sunday night.

Katie Woodridge, the CPD Animal Control Officer, came in on Monday and pieced together what happened and issued the citations.

The two dogs were taken to the Carthage Humane Society where they were still being kept as of Wednesday.

“On the city's side, in court, neither one of those dogs will be allowed back in the city because one's a pitbull and the other one, provided the judge confirms the citation, is a vicious animal,” Dagnan said. “The citation is an allegation. That being said, they are the property of the Carthage Humane Society and the Humane Society will have to decide if they're adoptable or not at this point. They just can't be brought back into the city.”