Man Faces Assault Charges After Fight Over Feral Cats; Victim Speaks

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Police say one man is facing charges after a fight that was apparently sparked over the feeding of feral cats.

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a 46-year-old man was feeding feral cats at a scrap yard near North 1st Street between Q and R Streets when he was approached by 44-year-old Anthony Whitney.

Police say Whitney began yelling at the victim about the cats and tried to take the man's cat food. After struggling with the victim, police say Whitney got into his truck and ran into the victim. The victim fell, but had only minor injuries.

That alleged victim is a man named Christopher. He didn't want to reveal his last name.

In an interview with 1011 News Thursday night, Christopher said, "He hit me (with the truck) and I flew back two, three feet into the gravel."

Christopher volunteers for The Cat House, helping feed feral cats, of which there are thousands in the Lincoln community.

Feral cats are basically cats that live in the wild which, according to The Cat House, have not been domesticated and fear humans.

Whitney was lodged in jail for 2nd degree assault. He bonded out and faces a February court hearing.