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post #61 of 75
Charles Anderson, one of the employees, said that it never occured to him that he could call the humane society about removing the cat from the storage trailer. According the the news he visited the Vanderburgh Humane Society yesterday and apologized.,00.html
post #62 of 75
This just crossed my desk

Attorney: Killing Wal-Mart cat legal

Associated Press

January 5, 2005
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Two former Wal-Mart employees did not break state law when they shot and killed a cat on store property, said an attorney for one of the men.

Attorney Michael Keating said Indiana law allows people to kill stray animals on their property.

"Had they taken a shotgun with a deer slug and blown it into little bitty pieces, no crime would have been committed," he said Tuesday.

"You can shoot a stray animal on your property; that's been the law in Indiana since the time of the formation of the state," added Keating, who represents former assistant manager Christopher Anderson.

Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputies arrested Anderson, 29, and another former assistant manager, Jeffrey Hardin, 21, on Dec. 28.

Anderson told investigators that he shot the cat with a pellet gun after the manager ordered employees to get rid of the animal, which was living in a storage trailer behind the store on the city's east side.

The cat was wounded but survived, a sheriff's report said, and the next day Anderson and Hardin repeatedly shot the cat with a pellet gun until it died.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco said Tuesday that he had decided not to file charges against former store manager Darrel Weitzel after investigators determined Weitzel had not ordered Anderson to kill the cat.

"They said he never did instruct him to shoot the cat; he instructed him to 'get rid of' the cat," Levco said.

Anderson and Hardin initially were arrested on felony animal cruelty charges. Those charges were dismissed Tuesday and Levco said he would file misdemeanor charges against the men.

Wal-Mart said Tuesday that four managers and an hourly employee had been fired for violating company policy following an internal investigation of the incident. Spokeswoman Sharon Weber said she could not release their names because of company policy.

The Arkansas-based retailer condemned the shooting and pledged to donate $10,000 to be split between pet groups in Vanderburgh County and neighboring Warrick County.

The Vanderburgh County Humane Society had not been contacted about the donation as of Tuesday, said its director, Kendall Paul.
post #63 of 75
and here is the copy of the law

IC 35-46-3-12
Torture or mutilation of a vertebrate animal
Sec. 12. (a) This section does not apply to a person who euthanizes an injured, a sick, a homeless, or an unwanted domestic animal if:
(1) the person is employed by a humane society, an animal control agency, or a governmental entity operating an animal shelter or other animal impounding facility; and
(2) the person euthanizes the domestic animal in accordance with guidelines adopted by the humane society, animal control agency, or governmental entity operating the animal shelter or other animal impounding facility.
(b) A person who knowingly or intentionally beats a vertebrate animal commits cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if:
(1) the person has a previous, unrelated conviction under this section; or
(2) the person knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal.
(c) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the accused person:
(1) reasonably believes the conduct was necessary to:
(A) prevent injury to the accused person or another person;
(B) protect the property of the accused person from destruction or substantial damage; or
(C) prevent a seriously injured vertebrate animal from prolonged suffering; or
(2) engaged in a reasonable and recognized act of training, handling, or disciplining the vertebrate animal.
post #64 of 75
Hmm, I don't see anything in the LAW that states you can kill a stray animal on your property. And somehow I don't think the cat was going to cause "substantial damage" to the storage trailer. And shooting it once, then letting the poor thing suffer for 24 hours isn't "euthanasia" in any sense of that word.
post #65 of 75
Originally Posted by allissa
I guess stupid is as stupid does. He apologized-the cat is dead, so who did he apologize to? What a joke!
I just added a link to the story that ran in our local paper.
post #66 of 75
I've only got one word for people like this

post #67 of 75
I'd go for the felony under this stipulation in the law:
(2) the person knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal.
Shooting the animal over and over again with the pellet gun certainly qualifies as intentional torture, doesn't it??
post #68 of 75
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Uncle Fester
I'd go for the felony under this stipulation in the law:
(2) the person knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal.
Shooting the animal over and over again with the pellet gun certainly qualifies as intentional torture, doesn't it??
post #69 of 75
Wait a minute here... You guys are saying "shooting and beating" of the cat. I must have missed that in the original post, because I thought it was just the shooting. However, if it is both, then what is the hang up with the local enforcement people prosecuting? Their archaic law says "beating" ...
post #70 of 75
Oh, this makes me literally sick!
post #71 of 75
Well I think everyone knows how I feel about shooting of cats-thank goodness Wisconsin law is more strict.
post #72 of 75
A friend of mine works at Lowes. His co-worker found a box of kittens and showed the to him.. The co -worker was going to put the kittens in the trash compactor and act like he never saw them!!!! My friend said no and took them home. Unfortunaly he can't have cats in his apartment, and I already had one, so he send them home with his parents.
It's a good thing he worked that day, or those kittens would of died!!
post #73 of 75
whatever happens those heartless men are going to live to regret their actions. who's going to want to employ (or even date!) then after thier names have been dragged through the mud. imagine if that was your on or boyfriend who did that, how could you look them in the eye?
post #74 of 75
I know this thread has been gone for a while but I just got over a 100 posts and have been waiting to put my 2 cents in.

I worked at walmart in Fayetteville Arkansas (a supercenter, open 24 hrs). We have birds that get in our store (next time your in walmart, look up, esp around the bakery!) and about once a month we had someone come in and shoot them. It was done at 3 in the morning when no one was there, with little guns (someone said bb guns I think) so that it wasnt loud. That is how they take care of the bird problems. Well sometimes the bird tries to get away and the shot isnt fatal. There was a bird lying there and twitching in the deli department the next morning when it was opened. That poor bird had been laying there suffering for 5 hours. I had left about 3 days before I heard this, and it made me sick.

So hearing the thing about the cat does not suprise me. Doesnt make me happy, but it does not suprise me.
post #75 of 75
This story is in the local newspaper again and it still just erkkkkkkkks me to think of how this poor cat died at the hands of these heartless men.

It's just not right! People treat cats like they are rodents that have no right to exist.
I work with a girl who said her Dad shoots cats when he sees them chasing a rabbit. "He would rather see the rabbit live than the cat."
If I had a little more senority I would've said what I was bursting to say, but....she is one of everyones favorites and I would be the bad guy if I were to say anything contradictory to her.
People can be so cruel!!
I thought, what if I said something about shooting dogs that chase rabbits. That's a whole different story to some.
(they have a dog)
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