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Posted on 08/23/2006 11:49:41 AM PDT by ShadowDancer
Boy Charged For Meowing At Neighbor Lady
Family Gave Cat Away After Neighbor's Complaints
POSTED: 2:26 pm EDT August 23, 2006
JEANNETTE, Pa. -- Meow. A Pennsylvania judge is being asked to decide whether that word is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment.
Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with that crime. Michael Loughner is accused of meowing whenever he sees his 78-year-old neighbor, Alexandria Carasia.
The boy's family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained that it was using her flower garden as a litter box. Now, she said, the boy makes meowing sounds every time he sees her.
He said he's only meowed at her twice.
"I've had to put up with this for three years," Carasia said. "As I walk by, I see Michael and his mother. He got on the porch and hid behind the bamboo screen and starts meowing. If I don't make this stop now, they're going to keep doing this to me. I shouldn't have to worry about walking out of the house and being harassed by this young kid."
Loughner said that on July 23 he went out to hold his dog so it wouldn't leave the yard as Carasia walked by.
"She was walking through and she kept looking at us," he testified. "I grabbed the dog so it wouldn't leave the yard. When I put my head down, I meowed."
He said that was one of the two times he's ever meowed at the woman, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported.
"As she walked in front of the house, nothing was said," the boy's mother, Sally Loughner, told the court. "He stepped off the porch to make sure the dog didn't get out. As he reached down and got the dog, he said, 'Meow.' ... She said, 'Do you want me to call the cops again?' I said, 'Go ahead, he hasn't done anything wrong.'"
There is a history of disputes between the neighbor, saccording to the paper.
Sally Loughner told the court that she ended up sending her cat to live with family members so that she could "keep peace in the neighborhood."
Defense attorney David Martin Jr. asked that the case be dropped.
"This should never have been filed," Martin said. "This is not something that police should be wasting their time with or wasting the court's time."
The judge heard from both parties Tuesday. He decided to wait 90 days before ruling, saying he'll decide what to do after seeing how the boy and his neighbor get along in the meantime.
I know that putting them in a kennel while you are gone works, but that has always seemed a bit too confining for an active puppy to me-I put up that toddler-proof fencing in an area of the utility room and put my puppy, her food, water, bed and toys in there when I was gone, and that worked just fine.
I'm sure he will after this!
When I moved into this area I found the old man across the street to be a complete cranky SOB who liked nothing anyone else did and complained constantly. Now he is a friendly old coot, smiling, passing the time day, etc. What, you might ask, brought about this big change? His wife died. True story....I kid you not
In a society like ours has become, where an ordinary citizen can be criminalized at the drop of a hat, this kind of thing is the tip of the iceberg to come.
She should have just thrown him some catnip and be done with him.
That's pretty much what I did with my first dog when I worked. With this one I'm at home so I was able to let him outside constantly. I never could bring myself to do the cage thing.
***I don't suppose buying a real litter box and keeping their cat inside was an option? Or would that have been too much work?***
All they had to do was dig a space in their yard, fill it with sand, and the cat would have been happy to stay home. Cats have to dig after defecating to hide it from their enemies. A little shovel work now and then, and some new sand and the problem is solved.
Back when I had a dog,1968, that was the method for house breaking a dog, and the only vets around were for livestock.
Now a days, I trying to train my neighbors dogs that roam not to crap in my yard, and my neighbors cats that roam not to hunt for birds at my bird feeders. My neighbors think their pets are wonderful people that wouldn't do such a thing.
Your neighbor sounds like a real winner
I think it is off color to shoot innocent animals who have no concept of a property line. You seem to have pleasure doing so.
"...puts his front paws on either side of the door knob and literally turns the knob..."
Our Persian, Mimi, did that when she was younger, but she couldn't quite get enough grip and torque to make it go. She knew what to do, though.
My tabby Larry used to open every door he could - like kitchen and bathroom cabinets, etc., while we were at work. You'd come home and it looked like loons lived here.
Disgusting, trashy people. Keep praying for nice, quiet people to move in but, so far, no luck!
If you feel so strongly about it, go ahead and let the cats out for the night!
Why, so people like you can get your jollies and shoot innocent creatures for pure pleasure? Disturbing. This planet was meant to cohabitate with other creatures you know. It's not like this animal posed a threat to this woman.
"Gustafson! Every day for 20 years your cat has crapped on my paper!"
You have a bird feeder? You would shoot at cats for going to the bathroom once in a blue moon but you encourage birds to eat and crap all over your surrounding area. Lovely.
Great flick!! LOL
Nip it in the bud, nip it I say.<<<<
Soundtrack, anyone? I accidentally deleted mine.
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