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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Here's what I wish. I wish this man would have contacted a rescue group in the area so they could have come out and trapped the cat. Shooting it should never have been an option.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/us/14cats.html?ref=us

EDIT: I swear this is my last IMO thread today! Honest.
post #2 of 14
Wow, that guy definitely should of went about that in a different way. Its good that hes defending birds but he could of helped the cat in some way instead of ending its life. Anything but shooting the poor cat!

That cat was cared for too! "the cat had a name, Mama Cat, and that though the cat lived under a toll bridge, she was fed and cared for by a toll collector"
post #3 of 14
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She said that the cat had a name, Mama Cat, and that though the cat lived under a toll bridge, she was fed and cared for by a toll collector, John Newland. He is expected to testify.
Whether the cat was feral is the crucial point in this case. Mr. Stevenson was indicted under a state law that prohibited killing a cat “belonging to another.†Prompted by this case, the law was changed on Sept. 1 to include all cats, regardless of ownership.
Ms. Santell argued that because Mr. Newland had named, fed and given the cat bedding and toys, the cat belonged to him and was not feral.
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Pictures of the crime scene showed trays of cat food, blankets and cat toys hanging from strings under the bridge.
It sounds to me like he broke the law, and should be punished accordingly.
post #4 of 14
He should not have shot the poor cat. Trapped her and called for help, yes. But shooting her, no with a capital N-O
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
It sounds to me like he broke the law, and should be punished accordingly.
I agree 100%
post #6 of 14
Yes it's animal cruelty. He should called a shelter or animal control to remove the cats. Shooting them should never be an option!!!
post #7 of 14
too bad the law is so flimsy

I hope he gets convicted and gets treated with the regard he gave the cat
post #8 of 14
IMO, he's an ANIMAL MURDERER!! There were so many options available to him; sounds like he just enjoys shooting cats to "save" birds.... my dogs have killed just as many songbirds as my cats - just another cat-killer, IMO!
And this guy thinks it's about saving the plovers...well, the larger group of plovers migrate thru our area, using Mono Lake as the main respite point, and their numbers are being decimated due to loss of habitat with increasing development of housing in the NW and Canada...get a clue, mister!!!
lhttp://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/14/america/14cats.php?WT.mc_id=rssfrontpagee
This article says that he admits to killing lots of cats at his bed & breakfast operated for bird watchers.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by eburgess View Post
Yes it's animal cruelty. He should called a shelter or animal control to remove the cats. Shooting them should never be an option!!!
I agree, and hopefully he will be convicted of animal cruelty.

Unfortunately, it is busy season and shelters and animal control are overwhelmed and even if he did call them, he wouldn't have been happy at the wait to get something done and the situation would have likely had the same end result
post #10 of 14
I agree that he should have been punished. I just don't understand the law! I just hope that if I ever break the law that I get some flakey judge who lets me off.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
1. I'm sorry that I put that shooting the cat should have ever been an option. I edited my post to reflect my real feelings.

2. This guy should learn to work with local shelters to get the cats off his property, and away from where these endangered birds are. I'm sure if he called them and explained the situation they'd be more than willing to help him.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
I wish this man would have contacted a rescue group in the area so they could have come out and trapped the cat.
See, that's over taxing his brain to think of doing something like that. We would contact the relevant people because we use our brains, whereas people like him sit on theirs because there in their pants!
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
See, that's over taxing his brain to think of doing something like that. We would contact the relevant people because we use our brains, whereas people like him sit on theirs because there in their pants!
I was drinking coffee and it came out my nose.

I suppose you are right about that.
post #14 of 14
Why did this guy need a gun in the first place? And who gave him the God given right to kill ANYTHING!!

I don't agree with the cat activists calling birds sticks, but I can understand why they are very angry.

I'm glad they have now changed to laws to killing any cat, not just one is owned by someone else.
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