#Caturday: Cops shooting pet cats: Not OK!

by 1389 on March 22, 2014

in 1389 Blog Mailbox, Caturday, crime

Police officer admits to shooting and killing pet cat – Alley Cat Allies calls on Bloomfield, Nebraska to take action

(forwarded by Johanna)

Multiple state and local laws violated—national nonprofit offers help to establish humane programs

Demanding justice for Larry

BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today called for city leaders in Bloomfield, Neb. to reevaluate their policies for cats after a police officer unlawfully shot and killed a trapped pet cat. City officials fail to enforce existing state and local laws regarding animals.

The case involves a Bloomfield police officer, who admitted that on January 21, he trapped Larry, a two-year-old neutered cat who belonged to a local resident, shot him immediately and dumped his body behind a city maintenance shed.

“The Officer openly admitted this series of events took place, and was given a mere written warning. In other words, a sworn law enforcement officer received a slap on the wrist for violating several laws—that is unconscionable,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Local ordinances and state laws broken include Bloomfield ordinance § 6-112, which requires that captured and impounded dogs and cats should be “treated in a humane manner” and “kept and maintained at the pound for a period” of three to five days. According to local residents, this law is routinely violated, Robinson said.

Additional local and state laws broken by the Officer’s action:

Bloomfield ordinance § 6-106—states that owners of cats and dogs found outside “shall be notified in writing by the Police Department of their violation,” meaning Larry should have been impounded and the owners notified that he was at large. Bloomfield ordinance § 6-107—authorizes the killing by officers of dogs and cats whose “capture is impossible.” Because the Officer was able to trap Larry, clearly capture was not “impossible,” and the killing was not authorized. Nebraska State Law R.R.S. Neb. § 28-1009, which states that “a person who cruelly mistreats an animal is guilty of a Class I misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class IV felony for any subsequent offense;” and defines cruel mistreatment as “knowingly and intentionally kill[ing], maim[ing[, disfigure[ing],” and otherwise harming an animal.

“Laws that protect animals are on the books for a reason,” said Robinson. “They reflect our values as a society—and it is crucial that they are upheld. The fact that a police officer could so blatantly ignore the law is very disturbing and should be a huge red flag for residents and city officials.”

Alley Cat Allies has reached out to town officials and asked for a meeting to develop proper policy and programs to ensure laws are followed—and to provide educational training for staff and police.


About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.

Contact: JOHNNIE SIMPSON, media@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3895; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@kellenadams.com or (202) 207-1134

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1 Wraith March 22, 2014 at 12:39 am

Hey, man…that cop did what he had to do!! I mean, come on–it was a CAT! It could have ripped his face off! It could have been smuggling drugs or guns, or been allied with al Qaida, or not paid its taxes, or run a stop sign!! The brave and valiant officer just wanted to go home at the end of his shift! You don’t understand the stressful job he has, you cop-hating anarchist reprobate!

(Don’t laugh. This is the standard response in a lot of places whenever cops are called out for wrongdoing. 🙄 )

2 Patricia March 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Riiiggghhhttt… so your basically saying that a cat can just be killed just because it was captured and didn’t pay its taxes… you are a sicko and its not just a cat its a living being and was placed on this earth to live its life, not to be killed for mere fun. The poor, helpless cat just wanted to live another day! You don’t understand the feeling of such defeat when you know your time is up and you can’t do anything about it you cat-hating anarchist reprobate! 👿 Next to this comment, don’t you think yours looks a bit less important? The officer wanted to go home on time- the cat wanted to live for just a little longer. The cop was stressed- the cat was going to die and knew it, also knew that there is nothing to do about it. Think about that for a second and put yourself in the cat’s fur. Now tell me- how would you feel? Desperate? Defeated? Hopeless? Wouldn’t you want to say goodbye to your parents, your friends, your owners one last time? I’m willing to bet that you would feel utter hatred at the cop who was about to shoot you. Say an officer was murdered and the criminal was released with nothing but a warning. Who would you stand up for? The deceased officer, or the murderer? And what if someone says: Hey man…that criminal did what he had to do!! I mean, come on-it was a COP! He could have ripped his face off! He could have been smuggling drugs or guns, or been allied with al Quaida, or not paid his taxes, or run a stop sign!! The brave and valiant criminal just wanted to go home after the day! You don’t understand the stressful job he has, killing people every day, you criminal-hating anarchist reprobate! You would not post that right? Right. So why for an innocent cat?

3 Patricia March 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Burn 😆 👿

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