An 81-year-old Walton County man will not be charged in the killing of a feral cat.
Sheriff's officals say James Canaday was within his rights to shoot the animal on his property off Pits Bayshore Drive.
Deputies began the case when Canaday's neighbor asked for an investigation into the death of a cat.
Apparently the neighbor had been feeding several feral cats on his own property since 2009.
But some of them had wandered onto Canaday's property causing hundreds of dollars in damage to his car and boat.
Canaday told deputies he's tried other methods to keep the cats from ruining his property including talking with his neighbor, moth balls and calling animal control.
He said he finally had enough and shot one of them.
Deputies and the State Attorney's office say under a Walton County ordinance the cats are deemed as a nuisance and Canaday was within his rights.
Because the neighbor feeds and pays for their medical attention he could be held liable for the damage by the cats.