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Man accused of cat attack due in court

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Braselton man accused of slicing the throat of a cat named Bob last year is expected to face a jury trial this week.

Andrew Shields, 23, is charged with animal cruelty after authorities said he severed the cat's jugular vein and cut its thigh June 18 last year. No explanation for the alleged attack was given.

The cat belonged to a Sugar Hill woman. Authorities said it pulled through after undergoing emergency surgery.

Shields turned himself in Sept. 17 after learning warrants were issued for his arrest, a sheriff's department spokesman said at the time. He was released on $11,200 bond the same day.

Jail records show Shields has previous arrests in Gwinnett on charges of battery and violating probation.

A conviction for felony animal cruelty could bring a prison sentence of one to five years, according to Georgia code.