CHARLESTON A magistrate on Thursday set bail at $10,000 for a Charleston man accused of killing four of his neighbors cats last month.
Shane Andrew Byerly, 32, is charged with animal cruelty after authorities found the neighbors cats beneath their homes. Byerlys bail was initially set at $100,000 last month.
Magistrate James Gosnell Jr. reduced the amount Thursday but ordered the defendant to surrender his guns to his attorney, to not have any contact with the victims and to not return to the neighborhood. He also ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Byerly.
Gosnell told the victims that he, too, is a pet lover but that the previous bail amount was excessive.