An Oregon man was arrested in Alabama on Friday for allegedly stalking his pet cat in an effort to “capture” it.
Derek Dickson, 47, of Eugene, Oregon, was charged with misdemeanor stalking, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and a two-year prison term.
Authorities said he allegedly stalked his pet, a black wildcat named Coco, for a month, then sent photos and text messages to the cat’s owner, who was in Oregon.
Dickson told the owner that he wanted to “catch the cat” so he could keep it in his own home and keep the cat in a cage in a garage, authorities said.
Coco’s owner told authorities that she didn’t know Dickson was stalking Coco and that she was concerned about his mental health.
In April, Coco was taken to an animal shelter after the owner received a text message saying Coco was not being treated well and was on the verge of euthanasia.
The shelter told the Oregon Humane Society that Coco was on life support and needed to be taken to the hospital.
Authorities say Dickson allegedly sent Coco photos and texts that included messages that implied he would “captive” the cat and then “kill” Coco.
Authorities found a dead cat in Dickson’s garage in Oregon in February.
Authorities arrested Dickson on Friday.
He was held on $50,000 bail.ABC News’ Scott Hartsfield contributed to this report.