Outrage As Nebraska Cop Shoots Cat And Dumps Body Behind A Shed
This is a sad story that will strike fear into the heart of every cat owner.
The case involves a Nebraska police officer who admitted that on January 21, he trapped Larry, a two-year-old neutered cat who belonged to a local resident, shot him and then dumped his body behind a city maintenance shed.
Alley Cat Allies, an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, has called for city leaders in Bloomfield to re-evaluate their policies.
“The officer openly admitted this series of events took place, and was given a mere written warning. In other words, a sworn law enforcement officer received a slap on the wrist for violating several laws – that is unconscionable,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Local ordinances and state laws broken include Bloomfield ordinance section 6-112, which requires that captured and impounded dogs and cats should be “treated in a humane manner” and “kept and maintained at the pound for a period” of three to five days..
Bloomfield ordinance section 6-107 authorizes the killing by officers of dogs and cats whose “capture is impossible” – but as the officer was able to trap Larry, clearly capture was not “impossible”.
“Laws that protect animals are on the books for a reason,” added Robinson. “They reflect our values as a society – and it is crucial that they are upheld.
The fact that a police officer could so blatantly ignore the law is very disturbing and should be a huge red flag for residents and city officials.”