In July, two males – aged 17 and 18 – made friends with a neighbor’s cat by feeding him. Once the cat, named Tigger, trusted the two, they lured him into an apartment and threw a sheet over him:
They hit and kicked the cat, bashed it with a fire extinguisher, then drowned it in a toilet and threw it into a trash bin.
They bragged about the killing to a relative and laughed as they recounted their actions. Both were later charged with aggravated animal abuse. The 17 year old was committed to the Oregon Youth Authority until Jan. 17, 2012.
The 18 year old was put on 5 years probation, during which time he is prohibited from owning an animal. He must have a mental health evaluation and receive drug/alcohol treatment. In addition, the court ordered him to perform 120 hours of community service at – guess where – the animal shelter, natch. I guess the thinking must be something along the lines of you-killed-a-cat-now-you-can-be-rehabilitated-by-caring-for-shelter-pets. Gee I hope everything works out like it’s supposed to there.
I hope the shelter has extra personnel so that the cat killer is never left unsupervised with a pet during his 120 hours of community service. If it was my shelter, I wouldn’t settle for “general supervision” either. I’d want to do the standing over/watching like a hawk kind. And I’d feel a heck of a lot better about the whole thing if the man had undergone his drug rehab first – with hopefully some mental health treatment (not just an evaluation) as well.
Although this was the 18 year old’s first arrest as an adult, he has eight “referrals” on his juvenile record. Ya think the animal shelter work is going to be the thing that turns his life around? Or are you wondering if he’ll try his grooming-to-gain-trust technique on some other defenseless living thing and perhaps it won’t be a cat next time?