HOBBS, N.M. — A man was arrested in Hobbs on Wednesday night for extreme cruelty to an animal and accused of strangling a family’s pet cat to death, according to Hobbs police.

HPD said surveillance video showed 54-year-old Felix Pena pick up a cat by the neck and strangle it.

“The cat could be seen struggling to break free from Pena’s grasp as Pena strangled it,” HPD said in a release.

After the cat died, Pena “picked up a nearby shovel, dug a hole and attempted to bury the cat in front of the victim’s property.”

The victim said the cat belonged to her 11-year-old daughter, Hobbs police said.

HPD said Pena has been arrested and charged 99 times for several charges in the past:

  • Failure to Appear – 12x
  • Traffic Violations – 6x
  • Probation/Parole Violations – 4x
  • Criminal Trespass – 34x
  • Transfer or Receive Stolen Vehicle – 2x
  • Driving on Revoked License – 3x
  • Resisting Evading or Obstructing an Officer – 6x
  • Concealing on Private Property – 3x
  • Shoplifting – 8x
  • Disorderly Conduct – 3x
  • Criminal Damage to Property – 2x
  • Breaking and Entering – 2x
  • Burglary – 3x
  • Attempt to Commit Felony – 3x
  • Consume Alcohol in Public – 2x
  • Driving Under the Influence – 1x
  • Abuse of Aerosol Spray – 3x
  • Battery – 1x
  • Battery Upon a Peace Officer – 1x

As of Thursday, Pena was in the Lea County Detention Center.