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Man suspected of abusing cat found dead
Billings Gazette ^ | February 4, 2010 | Tristan Scott

Posted on 02/04/2010 4:01:42 PM PST by myknowledge

MISSOULA — A Missoula man is dead after police attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a home where a kitten was found severely abused earlier this week.

Officers arrived to serve an arrest warrant at 2419 38th St., shortly after 1 p.m. today, but the man inside would not come to the door.

The warrant was for aggravated animal cruelty charges related to the case of the abused 4-month-old kitten found at the home Sunday night after neighbors reported screams coming from the residence.

A Missoula police officer talked to the man inside the home on the telephone before approaching the house this afternoon, but the man would not come to the door.

(Excerpt) Read more at billingsgazette.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cat; catcruelty; garybassett; mercythecat; missoula; suicide

Gary Bassett, Mercy's owner, must have felt so badly ashamed for abusing this poor 4 month old kitten and then took his own life.

1 posted on 02/04/2010 4:01:43 PM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge; martin_fierro; Constitution Day

Dangling modifiers doing bad things to catz, or something.


2 posted on 02/04/2010 4:04:08 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: myknowledge

He was most likely scared of prison & mentally ill.


3 posted on 02/04/2010 4:04:42 PM PST by pandoraou812 (time to dump tar & feathers on DC!)
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To: myknowledge
The animal was later euthanized.

*sorrow* :*(

I believe to the depths of my heart that there is a special place in hell for people who hurt animals this way. :*(

I would bet the bank that somewhere there's a human body buried on that property...
4 posted on 02/04/2010 4:05:08 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: myknowledge

I think there were other issues there. He sounded very unstable.


5 posted on 02/04/2010 4:05:47 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: myknowledge
What a sad soul. Animal abuse - pet abuse, especially - is a sign that the person has some deep, deep issues going on.

It's a shame that this guy couldn't manage to man up, take the consequences, get help for his problems, and lead a life that God would be proud of.

6 posted on 02/04/2010 4:05:49 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: myknowledge

World’s closed.

Enjoy your hell.


7 posted on 02/04/2010 4:06:32 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: myknowledge

8 posted on 02/04/2010 4:10:02 PM PST 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: myknowledge

These little animals are trusting, helpless and friendly. To then abuse them as described in the articles on this case....I can’t describe it as anything but true evil. Mental illness, hard luck, bad childhood...blah blah blah. This comes from the darkest, most vile place and there is no excuse for it.


9 posted on 02/04/2010 4:10:08 PM PST by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: pandoraou812; Tax-chick
He was most likely scared of prison & mentally ill.

Is this modifier dangling, too?

10 posted on 02/04/2010 4:15:46 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: myknowledge

I’m sorry, but humans, especially ones not found criminally liable for anything, are worth more to God than any animal.


11 posted on 02/04/2010 4:15:58 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: myknowledge
GOOD!!!

I hope he burns in Hell!!!

12 posted on 02/04/2010 4:16:48 PM PST by Ronin
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To: the invisib1e hand

Compound predicate adjectives ... but the pronoun’s antecedent is unclear.

For the record, I think it’s terrible that the cat was abused, and that the man killed himself.


13 posted on 02/04/2010 4:18:19 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: Tax-chick
For the record, I think it’s terrible that the cat was abused, and that the man killed himself.

That's beside the point.

14 posted on 02/04/2010 4:20:05 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: myknowledge

Not everyone’s qualified to be a human. It takes not only the accident of birth but also some effort.


15 posted on 02/04/2010 4:21:11 PM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: Tax-chick

maybe we oughts to ping JR to have his techs build some kind of “dangling modifier” checks into the HTML?


16 posted on 02/04/2010 4:22:06 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: Dumpster Baby

this post, your frname, and the tagline have pretty much redlined my “deep thoughts” meter.


17 posted on 02/04/2010 4:23:13 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: LostInBayport

Reasons are not always excuses. I tried to explain that to my kid the other day. A really sweet girl tried to explain why a friend was “cutting” herself and he ended contact with her because he said she was defending the girl. I told him that might not have been the case. I can tell you why we are all deserving of hell, but that doesn’t excuse our actually being guilty of sin. We all belong in hell, and there is an individual reason for each of us. The cruelty to the animal is a symptom, and the diagnosis is not a reason for forgiveness.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 4:23:44 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: myknowledge

A sad tragedy all around.


19 posted on 02/04/2010 4:36:01 PM PST by valkyry1 (cant)
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To: Yossarian
And Gary Bassett will have no one else but himself to blame.

To him, abusing Mercy the cat was venting out the anger.

20 posted on 02/04/2010 4:38:37 PM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: pillut48

Cruelty to animals is the sign of a sick, sick mind.


21 posted on 02/04/2010 4:40:58 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: myknowledge

Taking his own life likely saved lives in the future- both animal and human.


22 posted on 02/04/2010 4:41:54 PM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: LostInBayport

“These little animals are trusting, helpless and friendly. To then abuse them as described in the articles on this case....I can’t describe it as anything but true evil. Mental illness, hard luck, bad childhood...blah blah blah. This comes from the darkest, most vile place and there is no excuse for it.”

Yup. At least the reprobate had the good sense to off himself and thus save the taxpayers the burden of having to care him for the rest of his life.


23 posted on 02/04/2010 4:44:07 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ConservativeMind

“I’m sorry, but humans, especially ones not found criminally liable for anything, are worth more to God than any animal.”

That’s a pretty broad assumption.


24 posted on 02/04/2010 4:45:29 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: myknowledge

A sad situation all around. Prayers for God’s mercy on everyone involved, and may He especially have mercy for those here who would wish eternal damnation on anyone.


25 posted on 02/04/2010 4:50:41 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: myknowledge

One Rehabilitated. Sadly, it’s only a small start.


26 posted on 02/04/2010 4:51:12 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: ConservativeMind
I’m sorry, but humans, especially ones not found criminally liable for anything, are worth more to God than any animal.

Umm, so how does your point pertain to this thread?
27 posted on 02/04/2010 4:52:40 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

Yep, the world is just full of lollipops and rainbows isn’t it? In case you haven’t noticed there is pure evil in this world. The hearts of most men may have evil tendencies, but for many they are just pure evil.


28 posted on 02/04/2010 4:55:34 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Abuse of dead cats probably has something to do with the Zombie Plague.


29 posted on 02/04/2010 5:12:40 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: myknowledge

This story get weirder and weirder.

Part of the cats head was shaved (what the heck?), and he tried to drown her in the toilet. Then he loses his temper with the cat, and basically stomps her to death.

My gut tells me was shaving the cat for some creepy reason, and the cat didn’t like it, so at first he tried to drown it? silence it? in the toilet? and when the cat must have made its displeasure known, he lost his temper with it.

I have no idea what happened here, and I’m not sure I want to.


30 posted on 02/04/2010 5:20:56 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Is this modifier dangling, too?

Explain this please.

31 posted on 02/04/2010 6:05:05 PM PST by pandoraou812 (time to dump tar & feathers on DC!)
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To: rintense

Amen! You are so right!


32 posted on 02/04/2010 6:08:24 PM PST by terilyn
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To: pandoraou812; Tax-chick
Explain this please.

We haven't even talked about the title of this thread yet.

33 posted on 02/04/2010 6:27:02 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Well why don't we? The cat abuser is dead. He abused the kitten & was a jerk. He was most likely mentally ill & didn't want to face the outcome of his actions. Or go to jail. Where cat lovers might abuse his sorry arse. I do animal rescue, cats, horses & dogs so I really have no feelings for animal abusers whatsoever.
34 posted on 02/04/2010 6:41:56 PM PST by pandoraou812 (time to dump tar & feathers on DC!)
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To: myknowledge

No great loss. People with this kind of evil nature sometimes move on to incredible cruelties practiced on people. The world is ever so slightly cleaner now.


35 posted on 02/04/2010 6:52:47 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: the invisib1e hand

Life is like this sometimes. Did you now that Walmart has a tolerable wine (red, white, and pink!) for $2.50 a bottle?


36 posted on 02/04/2010 6:59:43 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: Tax-chick

Holy headache, Batman!


37 posted on 02/04/2010 7:03:15 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Not if you get pretzels, too. $2.12 for the 16 oz. bag of Snyder’s!


38 posted on 02/04/2010 7:04:57 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: randomhero97
The hearts of most men may have evil tendencies, but for many they are just pure evil.

To wish that anyone spend all eternity in Hell is a pure evil all it's own, quite likely a far worse evil than even abusing kittens. Thankfully we all have the ability to accept God's redemptive mercy up until the instant of death, just like the man in the article had the ability to do so. We can't know whether he did or didn't before he died. That said, someone who would wish Hell on another person on a public forum probably hasn't accepted God's mercy himself. I humbly suggest that you start by praying the Lord's Prayer slowly and thoughtfully. I'll be praying for you.

39 posted on 02/04/2010 7:30:34 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

There’s the old saying, “God have mercy on him, because I won’t.” In the end it’s up to God anyway despite of what we want.


40 posted on 02/04/2010 7:52:57 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: randomhero97
There’s the old saying, “God have mercy on him, because I won’t.”

I have no idea whether that saying is old, but it certainly isn't very Christian.

In the end it’s up to God anyway despite of what we want.

You have complete say over your own salvation. God loves us so much that in the end he will give us what we want, even if what we want is an eternity without him. By refusing to forgive that pathetic man in the article and wishing him to Hell, you may be well on your way to making that choice for yourself. We all need repent of our own sins, and we all need to forgive the sins of others.

41 posted on 02/04/2010 8:14:35 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Tax-chick

So, it’s not only me that has a problem with the way that headline is written!!!


42 posted on 02/04/2010 8:18:58 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
You are right, it's unChristian to wish hell upon anyone.

An Earthly beatdown on the other hand.
43 posted on 02/04/2010 8:40:18 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

“To wish that anyone spend all eternity in Hell is a pure evil all it’s own, quite likely a far worse evil than even abusing kittens.”

@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

Yeah. That bothered me, too. I am sorry for the kitten but I’m more sorry for the people who rejoiced at this man’s suicide. It seems to me, the guy repented and felt great shame. I feel for his family, too.


44 posted on 02/04/2010 8:56:27 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: myknowledge

Good riddance.


45 posted on 02/05/2010 3:15:53 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: SoldierDad

No, not just you. It’s a peculiar phrase.


46 posted on 02/05/2010 3:40:44 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: myknowledge

The year of the Tiger gets it first taste of blood so it appears.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 3:42:30 AM PST by Eye of Unk (The Seven-headed Beast of Revelation 12, 13, and 17)
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To: Tax-chick

Yes, the picture that headline creates is not what the story is about. Poor writing skills to say the least.


48 posted on 02/05/2010 9:06:28 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: randomhero97
You are right, it's unChristian to wish hell upon anyone. An Earthly beatdown on the other hand.

We are now in complete agreement!

49 posted on 02/05/2010 4:54:16 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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