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LAWRENCEVILLE - A man wanted for slicing a cat's throat turned himself in to authorities Thursday.

Andrew Blaine Shields, 22, is charged with felony cruelty to animals after deputies said he cut the cat's throat, severing its right jugular vein, and sliced its thigh on June 18.

The animal underwent emergency surgery, authorities said, and survived.

It is unclear what motivated Shields, who has listed addresses in Lawrenceville and Braselton, to allegedly injure the pet.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said the cat, named Bob, belongs to a Sugar Hill woman.

Gwinnett police originally issued arrest warrants on Aug. 27, Bourbonnais said, and the Sheriff's Department received the case last week. She said Shields made arrangements to turn himself in after learning he was wanted.

Jail records show Shields has previously been arrested in Gwinnett for battery and violating probation.

Shields was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday after posting an $11,200 bond.