A former Australian soldier accused of He stormed an animal shelter to retrieve his cat pleaded guilty on Monday to trespassing charges, local reports said.
Tony Wittman, 45, was wearing full combat gear and was armed with a fake assault rifle when he broke into The Lost Dogs 'Home in Melbourne on January 11.
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A 23-year-old employee pleaded for her life as Wittman tied her up and questioned her about her cat's whereabouts, 9 news reported .
Wittman told the employee to count to 100, and he left the shelter without picking up his cat. Police arrested him on his return the next day, ABC reported .
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Wittman reportedly told police he suffers from PTSD due to military service and "felt that he needed to retrieve the cat and acted without thinking of the consequences. "
He pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Monday to forcible confinement, aggravated burglary, criminal damage, perjury, assault de facto and carrying an imitation weapon, The Australian reported .
Wittman's next court appearance is scheduled for February 2022, according to reports.
The Lost Dogs 'Home did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.