HARRIS COUNTY -

A second person has been charged in connection to a disturbing animal cruelty case in which a cat was thrown into the air and shot.

Eighteen-year-old Alexander Marsh, of League City, faces a felony charge of cruelty to an animal.  As of Tuesday morning, he was not in custody.

Joseph D. Morgan, 24, of Highlands, was arrested during the weekend and charged with cruelty to animal/torture with firearm.

On Saturday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of gunfire at a residence on Riverside Street near the San Jacinto River in east Harris County.  When a deputy arrived, neighbors said Morgan had shot a black cat with a rifle. The animal's body was found near the riverbank.

According to the sheriff's office, Morgan told the deputy the stray cat needed to be euthanized because it was sick.  He said he threw the cat into the air and shot it with a shotgun loaded with bird shot. Marsh is accused of participating as well.

An investigator with the Houston chapter of the SPCA removed the cat's body.