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post #1 of 22
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OK i am sending some nasty emails just as soon as i find a address..

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WAS declawed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *&#% moron

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,356982,00.html
post #2 of 22
Oh man, I wish I hadn't read this. It made me so sad...poor cat. What wild animal will paw at someone's door??? That's a typical behavior of indoor/outdoor house cats, not a wild feline.

I can understand that the cops didn't know he was declawed, but still - they couldn't come up with a better plan? A little observation would have tipped them off that the panther had been a "pet". Nobody even thought of a tranquilizer gun?

An absolute shame.
post #3 of 22
Black panther?? Not...no such animal. 50 pound leopard or jaguar, must have still been a cub (if it really was such a cat. I will believe it when I see it). So very sad if this poor cat lost it's home due to the tornado outbreak. I wonder why the owner wasn't out looking for it. However I have another idea here, but I don't want to bring up the AR until I hear more of the story. It still angers me that they had to shoot the poor thing. Of course, now we will hear from PETA and these other stupid AR groups calling for a ban on exotics in this state
post #4 of 22
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black panther is what we call big black cats :P

the idea of
a) the cat was pawing at door.
b) no claws.
c) there was nothing there that said the cat made any aggressive actions.

There was no need to shoot it.

Just reminds of something i saw as kid in flordia. That to this day burns me so bad i wish i could time travel, and take my AR-15 with me.

yea i know i have anger issues sometimes, about some things
post #5 of 22
I am so sick of these cops shooting wildlife. Again, why didn't they tranquilize the cat?
post #6 of 22
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I am so sick of these cops shooting wildlife. Again, why didn't they tranquilize the cat?
They shoot first and ask questions later in redneck backwards places like Neosho, Missouri. I know, I grew up and went to high school there. This does not surprise me one bit.

When I was about 13 our Great Dane got loose and was shot on sight by the local cop because he was "foaming at the mouth and looked dangerous". How many of you have seen a 185 pound dog that DIDN'T drool?

RIP big kitty

p.s. here is the sheriff website, but I didn't see an email link. http://www.nc-so.org/

According to the woman's address listed in another article, it was a rural area that was close to where all the tornado damage was. and from another article:

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Meanwhile, Hall was given the carcass of the animal and is having it stuffed at a Joplin taxidermist, Leavens said.

"Well, he will to have something to show his grandkids as proof," he joked.
Jerk.
post #7 of 22
At least they didn't miss and kill a child instead like the cop in Noble, Oklahoma who was trying to kill a snake.

As I've said before, police should not be called to handle animals. This isn't what they're trained for and can make poor choices due to lack of training.
post #8 of 22
When I first saw the title of the thread I thought, "oh, I didn't even know the Black Panthers are still around" then I realized you were talking about a big cat and not the organization! That is terrible though.
post #9 of 22
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p.s. here is the sheriff website, but I didn't see an email link. http://www.nc-so.org/

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yea, i found the site also.
i gave up and called

told them as hunter and gun owner, i would like to tell them how pathetic and inadequate they are. it must take a real tough cop to shoot a declawed cat and then brag about it.
post #10 of 22
How was the police officer supposed to determine the cat was declawed?

Was he supposed to walk up to it, saying, "here, kitty kitty!" and then pick up its paws?

Seriously?
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
As I've said before, police should not be called to handle animals. This isn't what they're trained for and can make poor choices due to lack of training.


I agree. Poor thing.
post #12 of 22
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How was the police officer supposed to determine the cat was declawed?

Was he supposed to walk up to it, saying, "here, kitty kitty!" and then pick up its paws?

Seriously?
seriously, the cat was in no way being aggersive toward people. in any of the news stories i have seen..

they can use there heads and eyes, and maybe just a little common sense.
post #13 of 22
I'm perfectly happy to accept that whatever Animal Control organization had jurisdiction should have been called. However, I am not prepared to condemn a police officer for shooting a large, non-domestic feline, that, for all intents and purposes, might as well have been a Mountain Lion pawing at some woman's door.

Perhaps, they should have dispatched Animal Control, but they didn't. I don't pay taxes to have my police officers mauled by exotic (or domestic) felines. I don't expect them to put their lives/health on the line because someone couldn't provide secure fencing for a wild animal. I have seen vet techs making $10/hour lose feeling and function in their hand(s) due to injuries received on a bad day, and I don't think anyone should ever be expected to do that. Police officers already risk plenty in dealing with humans.

If the cat's owner(s) had secure, legal fencing for the animal, and it was destroyed in a tornado, then this is a situation of "stuff" happens (as sad and horrible as it may be). If the animal was running free for any other reason, the owner should bear the brunt of the responsibility.
post #14 of 22
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I'm perfectly happy to accept that whatever Animal Control organization had jurisdiction should have been called. However, I am not prepared to condemn a police officer for shooting a large, non-domestic feline, that, for all intents and purposes, might as well have been a Mountain Lion pawing at some woman's door.
I will condom them for over re-acting to a animal that was not being aggressive. ANd then brag about having it stuffed.

mt.lion do not paw at people's door, they tend to run away from people.

i find it sad, that animal that used to humans, who went to human looking for food cause it trusted them was shot, so someone could feed there little ego.
post #15 of 22
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I will condom them for over re-acting to a animal that was not being aggressive. ANd then brag about having it stuffed.

mt.lion do not paw at people's door, they tend to run away from people.

i find it sad, that animal that used to humans, who went to human looking for food cause it trusted them was shot, so someone could feed there little ego.
As I said before, I can understand the cops not knowing the cat was declawed. But they still overreacted to the situation.

Now that it's too late, it's obvious that this poor cat had belonged to someone and was in all likelihood just looking for somebody to feed him. Given that the cop now knows this, it's beyond disgusting that he's taking the cat to the taxidermist for one final indignity. The guy's got no heart.
post #16 of 22
Such a sad series of events. Did anyone watch the video of the cat trying to get in?
post #17 of 22
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Such a sad series of events. Did anyone watch the video of the cat trying to get in?
Where did you see the video?

I am haunted by the fact that it took several shotgun blasts in addition to .45 bullets to kill the poor animal. The fact that the deputy is taking the carcass to the taxidermist is very suspicous He claims that it charged him
An all around sad,sad story
post #18 of 22
I found the link to the video:
http://www.wgal.com/news/16374665/de...p=nationalnews
The homeowner said that the cat was trying to jump in through her son's bedroom window, so for the safety of the people, I guess that the officer was acting properly.
However, I wonder why her dogs (at least one is a German Sheperd- it's in the background during the interview) couldn't have kept it driven off?
My experience is that people tend to panic at the idea of mountain lions (or other big cats).
Having grown up in a rural, relatively wild area, I have had mountain lions occasionally observing me since I was a small child, so I guess that I am not as prone to condemn the big cats as some other people. One summer there was a sighting of a cougar by the neighbors in the subdivision up from my parents; there was such an uproar Letters to the editor and calls to the Dept. of Fish & Game & the Sheriff to have it chased and killed. Neighbors saying that they couldn't come out of their houses, their dogs were all gonna be eaten, and couldn't be walked,etc.(Mind you, the sightings were at dusk by a couple of people leaving for work at an early hour). Well, there had been a bad fire on our nearby mountain and the deer were also in the vicinity because they had been displaced from their summer pasture. When the fall rains came followed by warm Indian summer weather, the deer moved off and the lion hasnt' be reported since.
Also, in our town, at another time, there was again mass hysteria and fear because cougars were killing sheep, ripping their throats and stomachs, and basically scattering parts ( hmmm, not at all like the kills I've come across). Ironically, when a local rancher shot a pack of dogs who were attacking his calves, the "lion" attacks stopped.
post #19 of 22
Am I the only one who finds it interesting that no one loves this "pet" enough to admit they lost it?
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Am I the only one who finds it interesting that no one loves this "pet" enough to admit they lost it?
I suppose its possible that the cat's owners were one of the 22 or so people killed in the tornado... but I doubt it. They are likely staying quiet because they didn't have the proper permission to have it, and would be in trouble of some sort.

They should never have had it in the first place if they weren't responsible enough to keep it contained, report it missing when it did get out, and come forward when this happened. Poor kitty was probably just hungry and trying to get inside for a meal, which he was probably used to doing.
post #21 of 22
I won't look at the footage because it will break my heart. As a kid we lived in a neighborhood where this guy kept exotics. He would invite the kids over to see his cat and pet the big cat. We were allowed to stop by and give it treats.
Gentlest cat and so sweet. Just big. Well, some fool snuck in one night and poisoned them. All of us kids cried. Of course he moved away. It kind of taught me that mankind can be cruel at a young age.
post #22 of 22
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Well, some fool snuck in one night and poisoned them. All of us kids cried. Of course he moved away. It kind of taught me that mankind can be cruel at a young age.
I was hmm around 11 or 12, in flordia, out playing in some suger cane fields. when a couple of trucks pulled with a big black cat in cage.

i went over to it, the guys said it was ok i could pet it,
so i did.

then they open up the cage, the cat just sat there, so one of the guys took knife and and stuck the cat in the butt . well the cat took off running, and the people all shot it.

how acting like it was the greatest thing on earth...
that's way i want a time machine, and my ar-15
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