While I do agree that yes, the girl probably should have looked harder for the cat, whether she had scrounged the whole neighborhood or just said out loud "Good, I hated that cat anyways, I hope he dies..." is completely irrelevant. Either way, it doesn't make those people who neutered him ANY LESS WRONG. It seems like we are arguing about stupid inconsequential details...what is the point? Does your daily routine lack excitement to the point where you feel the need to argue a statement just for the feeling some conflict brings you?
It is SO PAINFULLY SIMPLE!!! Here, let me put it another way for those of you who seem to be missing the point entirely...
Let's say I see your car sitting in the parking lot at a grocery store. Unguarded. I take a look at your paint job and decide that it isn't to my liking. So, I whip out my trusty keys and "decorate" for you. Your car still runs fine, you'll be able to get to work and back, and if you are really that upset about it, you can always go out and buy another car.
But because I felt I was doing you (and the car, and the world) a favour, does that make it okay for me to key the heck out of your car without your permission? Maybe draw some pretty flowers? I don't see you paying anybody to watch it, if you really cared about it you'd be standing beside it or sending it to a professional carsitter...it's not like the dream of owing an attractive car is gone forever!
Are you gonna think, "How sweet of her, I can't say I like the scratched-in designs but at least she didn't blow it up!"
Fat chance. Odds are, if you found me standing beside your car, keys in hand, smug enigmatic smile on my face, haughtily informing you that I did your car a huge favour and that you should be grateful but I'm nice enough not to charge, you would drop me with a left hook and kick me in the teeth!
I know a cat is not a car, but the two scenarios have the same essentials: the fact remains, regardless of where your property is, if someone alters it while it is still LEGALLY YOUR PROPERTY, it is a CRIME.
I honestly cannot think of any way to further simplify the situation. I am actually beginning to wonder of some of you are actually reading my posts, or just skimming it to get the general idea and then arguing it blindly!
And for those of you following the thread with intelligent curiousity (instead of contradictory stubbornness) my friends have sought legal advice and are going to give the neighbors a chance to settle out of court for the price of the cat. If they refuse, then they are going to take them to court.
Their lawyer says that they are 95% likely to win since the neighbors were quite clearly in the wrong. They don't have to pay the lawyer unless they win since he is a friend of the family, and the remainder of the money will be put towards buying a kitten from the same parents as their newly-neutered cat.
Good God I love these smileys!!! They make a post so much more enthralling!!!
And no, they don't plan on going on vacation anytime soon.