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Judge Sentences Cat to Life Indoors for Avon-Lady Ambush
Fox News ^ | June 20, 2006 | FoxNews

Posted on 06/21/2006 12:34:26 PM PDT by CAWats

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A state judge spared the life of alleged neighbor-assaulter Lewis the cat on Tuesday, but ordered that he remain inside his owner's Fairfield home at all times.

"There are no exceptions. None," said Judge Patrick Carroll, who also granted accelerated rehabilitation to Lewis' owner, Ruth Cisero. That means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes two years of probation.

Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment because neighbors complained that the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed it to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car.

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TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: avon; cat; clemency

1 posted on 06/21/2006 12:34:28 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: CAWats

2 posted on 06/21/2006 12:38:33 PM PDT by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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To: CAWats

A hardy Texas Mockingbird could help Lewis mend his ways.

I have seen them make cats wish they had never set foot outside.


3 posted on 06/21/2006 12:38:42 PM PDT by rod1
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To: CAWats

We had a cat whose sport was attacking passing dogs. His favorite targets were the Doberman's next door. Most dog owners thought it was a hoot. One prissy Shar-pei owner took offense to our cat's behavior, and we had to banish the cat to the house during the early evening dog-walking hours.


4 posted on 06/21/2006 12:41:13 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: CAWats
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The perp at work.

5 posted on 06/21/2006 12:41:59 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: CAWats
A bullet only costs two bits.
6 posted on 06/21/2006 12:45:06 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: rface
WOW!!
7 posted on 06/21/2006 12:45:15 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: Kenny Bunkport
We had a cat whose sport was attacking passing dogs. His favorite targets were the Doberman's next door.

Well trained and behaved dogs can be abused, sure.
Picture the dogs as Americans. Imagine the cats are muslims. When push comes to shove it is kitty lunch time...

I own one of each and hope Scooby never reaches the end of his rope. Forty pounds vs 12; No contest.

8 posted on 06/21/2006 12:46:14 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: rface

Oh, TG Lewis got clemency. I have been following this riveting case on Greta Von Susteren's show.

It would have been a CAT-astrophe if jolly old Lewis had had to pay with his life.

Apparently, I amnot the only one who finds the Avon Lady to be a trifle annoying!


9 posted on 06/21/2006 12:47:50 PM PDT by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: Publius6961

A dog needs to outweigh a cat by a factor of ten, at least, to make it an even fight. If the cat is a Bengal, make that twenty.


10 posted on 06/21/2006 12:57:43 PM PDT by thoughtomator (A thread without a comment on immigration is not complete)
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To: CAWats
The Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah, had also offered to take Lewis free of charge...and has specialists who know how to handle cats with behavior problems [snip] ...Lewis would be no threat to the public in Utah because the sanctuary's closest neighbor is Denny's Wigwam, a curio shop about four miles away....The owner of the shop, Victor Sandonato, said he has already been warned that Lewis might be moving to his neighborhood.

"I live with a cat just like Lewis, and I live with danger every time I go home at night," he said, adding, "I'm from South Jersey, so I don't take any crap from a cat."

11 posted on 06/21/2006 12:59:38 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

LOL! So true.

This is just another example of an arrogant cat owner who thinks their beast has a RIGHT to be outdoors and roam wherever they like.


12 posted on 06/21/2006 1:02:25 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: Albion Wilde
"I live with a cat just like Lewis, and I live with danger every time I go home at night," he said, adding, "I'm from South Jersey, so I don't take any crap from a cat."

What a great line.

13 posted on 06/21/2006 1:17:23 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: CAWats
Here's a picture of Lewis in confinement:

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14 posted on 06/21/2006 1:42:37 PM PDT by b4its2late (Monstra mihi pecuniam!)
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To: rod1

"A hardy Texas Mockingbird could help Lewis mend his ways."

When I lived in Friendswood, some mockingbirds nested in one of the trees in our backyard. We had an Afghan hound back then. The yard was fenced, so we let her out back by herself to do her business. The mockingirds would wait until the poor dog was in mid-squat, and then dive-bomb her fantail.

First dog I ever owned that suffered from constipation. We finally took to going out with her to provide her an escort against enemy bombers, before she would go. Fortunately, the mockingbirds nested elsewhere the next year.


15 posted on 06/21/2006 1:47:40 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Constitution Day

I believe cats should be kept indoors, but as for causing public nuisances, nothing comes close to having a howling mutt next door. You also don't have to worry about having a cat mutilate your kid, either.


16 posted on 06/21/2006 5:19:02 PM PDT by Route797
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To: CAWats; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Lewis ping!


17 posted on 06/21/2006 8:31:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Do you have a puppy ping list? I like puppies. Kitties too, I like kitties.


18 posted on 06/21/2006 8:34:08 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: CAWats

19 posted on 06/21/2006 8:35:49 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (NUTS!)
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To: CAWats; HairOfTheDog

CA...I am forwarding you to HairOfTheDog for the puppy ping list.


20 posted on 06/21/2006 8:36:35 PM PDT by paulat
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To: BunnySlippers

Aww..


21 posted on 06/21/2006 8:39:27 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: paulat

ok


22 posted on 06/21/2006 8:40:00 PM PDT by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: CAWats; HairOfTheDog

HairOfTheDog runs the Doggie Ping List. As for the Kitty Ping List, you're added.


23 posted on 06/21/2006 8:49:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: CAWats

Poor little kitty. Our cat, Rock, could kick his butt.


24 posted on 06/21/2006 8:56:28 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; CAWats; paulat

Got it :~)


25 posted on 06/21/2006 8:56:41 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: rface
What breed is that cat in the graphic please?

It has the markings and ruff of a bi-color ragdoll...but I've never heard or seen one in black and white.

26 posted on 06/21/2006 8:59:33 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Publius6961
Well trained and behaved dogs can be abused, sure.
Picture the dogs as Americans. Imagine the cats are muslims.
When push comes to shove it is kitty lunch time...

Heck I can do better than that.

Picture the dogs as Mexicans. Imagine the cat as uh.....

... forget it. ;^)

27 posted on 06/21/2006 9:04:35 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Publius6961

I've seen a large housecat literally take apart a Rottweiler that was trying to kill it. Some of them can become furry buzzsaws if provoked. (Yes, the cat won - the dog died from its wounds later).

It's not the size of the cat in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the cat, to borrow a phrase.


28 posted on 06/22/2006 12:52:23 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Route797

Good point, but that's simply irresponsible dog ownership.

My father bred and trained dogs when I was a child.
I have seen firsthand how a dog can be properly trained not to howl/bark at every little thing, and also to not venture out of the yard.

I'm not a fan of the aggressive breeds like pit bulls, Rottweilers, etc., either.


29 posted on 06/22/2006 5:05:06 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: Constitution Day
That's true. I grew up in a rural area and learned to love both dogs and cats. I just like to stick up for the underdog, or undercat in this case. Cats seem to attract a lot of negativity that I don't understand. They're different from dogs but they're just as great in their own way.
30 posted on 06/22/2006 7:39:38 AM PDT by Route797
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To: Constitution Day

Depending on the jurisdiction, cats often do have the legal right to roam free if they are spayed/neutered and have a current rabies vaccination. I made sure when I bought my house that the local laws allowed cats to roam free.


31 posted on 06/22/2006 9:03:30 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker

How special for those jurisdictions.
I was aware of those laws, but I knew my comment #12 would strike a nerve. :)

That's why we use Havahart traps on our family farm...a stray animal's rights stop at our property line.
Same goes for dogs.

My attitude is simple: pet owners should keep their animals out of my yard and off our farm and we'll get along fine.

Cordially,
CD


32 posted on 06/22/2006 9:20:55 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Also check HOA/ROA rules. It may be legal according to the law, but not according to the homeowner's association. I'm still fuzzy as to how our cop neighbor thinks he can fine us for our little kitties outside, since it's legal, but against ROA rules. Still, if he complained enough the ROA would fine us anyway, so our kitties are getting fat inside. :(
33 posted on 06/22/2006 9:26:20 AM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Kaylee Frye

There's not enough money in the world to induce me to buy a home that falls under the authority of any homeowners' association or similar abomination.


34 posted on 06/22/2006 9:42:08 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: CAWats
Wow, my kind of cat. Love the long hair.

Our cat chases the neighbor's dog off our property. He thinks he is a watch cat. Got him from the SPCA, he had already been declawed but that does not stop him.

35 posted on 06/22/2006 10:24:34 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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Yup, I know that now. As soon as makes sense, we will hopefully move to a neighborhood with no ROA/HOA. Unfortunately, in most of the places we want to live, there is almost exclusively ROAs/HOAs and the neighborhoods without are mostly ****-holes. I'm thinking we should buy land and build our own if we really care.
36 posted on 06/22/2006 2:47:35 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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