Skip to comments.Police Kill Dying Cat, Resident Upset
Posted on 03/14/2012 9:27:06 PM PDT by Altariel
A Harrisonburg resident says a cat's death was anything but quick and painless, after it was struck by a vehicle. Now, he wants police held responsible.
"Shocking," is how Wayne Meadows describes the way a Harrisonburg police officer killed a cat he rescued from the side of the road. He says the officer beat the cat to death with his night stick.
"I was a wreck at that point. I mean I was completely in shock. I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what to say," Wayne says.
Wayne said he had to call police because local vets and animal services were closed since it was late at night on Friday, November 11th. He tried to comfort the cat until the officer arrived.
They discussed what to do, and when the officer offered to put the cat out of its misery, using a night stick was the last thing Wayne expected.
"I went inside expecting a gun shot and then I heard it happening on my front porch. I heard at least 15-20 hits," Wayne says.
The officer removed the body, but he had to clean the rest.
"It was nasty to say the least. I was sick to my stomach the whole time doing it. I tried to wash it off as best as I could," Wayne says.
The officer told him to contact police because of damage to the house. There are stains and smashed siding around the porch. Wayne did contact police, but says they didn't get back to him. However, the department offered WHSV this statement saying they did receive the complaint.
"An internal investigation was conducted into this matter and appropriate action has been taken internally. In addition, the department continues to review the current procedures in handling animal complaints is to determine if any changes or modifications need to be made."
Wayne says he was so shocked to act at the time, but hopes this never happens again.
"The only thing I wished I had done differently is as soon as I saw that nightstick I would've ran out and stopped him. That's what I wished I would have done," Wayne says.
Harrisonburg police did not say whether or not they contacted Wayne after the fact. He says he has tried several times to complain, and as of Monday night, he has not heard back.
This cat was beat with a nightstick 15-20 times.
Seems to me at least one peasant was charged with felony animal cruelty for doing something like that. But, somehow, cops are different. When they do it, it’s ok.
The insensitivity of some people knows no bounds.
many vets have numbers for emergency calls. This would be one.
An officer cannot just fire his/her weapon when they like. They would have to fill out a lengthy report. The officer was in a no win situation.
Dam man. You pick up a struck cat, off the road, or laying on your porch and you call the police? Is that the general role of the police force? Why? Is this common on other parts of the US. Just curious.
Vet emergency rooms are for paying customers.
I guess you’re right. At least the officer didn’t mace the kitty first. Could have tased it though, or maybe slapped cuffs on it first. And then beaten it to death with the nightstick.
The officer was the one to *volunteer* putting the animal out of his misery.
The officer than chose to not do so in a more humane manner.
The victim was the animal, not the officer.
A person who thinks it is better to beat an animal to death rather than deal with *paperwork* is not someone who makes good, conservative judgments.
When I was young and on vacation in Mexico I found a beaten cat in a bag in the garbage. I’m pretty sure his back was broken. It was late at night and I thought I’d might whack it with a board to take it out of it’s misery. The girl I was with didn’t like the idea and talked me out of it, so I left it there. I kind of regret leaving it like that, but who knows, what if it took lots of whacks to finish it off.
Yeah, no kidding. This is one of those screwed up situations where you can point fingers in a dozen different directions, yet possibly not hit the responsible party (pun not intended). I can certainly feel for the owner - if one of our dogs or my wife's cat were badly injured by a car, we'd be beside ourselves. (We do have the luxury of the animal clinic only being five minutes up the road with 24 hour on-call, and have used it for a terminally ill pet in the middle of the night.) But, I also have to feel a little for the cop in this instance. He's subject to the laws and ordinances covering governing animal complaint calls; is it within his legal authority to euthanize an injured domestic animal, and does it spell out how and under what circumstances, or is that subject to his (or her) discretion? And is Harrisonburg municipal Animal Control supposed to get involved at some point? The one thing I can tell you is that there would be hell to pay if he discharged his weapon within city limits to put down a cat, no matter how humane or compassionate his intent was, which is why he didn't draw down on it to begin with. As it is, he'll probably have PETA and a gaggle of other animal rights groups crawling around in his shorts for dispatching it like a baby seal. Classic damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't scenario. Nobody wins, including poor ol' Fluffy. The one thing we can take away from this is, we've regulated and legislated common sense right out of our society, and this is another of myriad examples how.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
Another victory for the drug warriors. The WoD just enables this bs.
I was on a date one time and the boy I was with hit a racoon with his car. The animal ran out in front of the car and it could not be avoided. My date got out and walked to the back of the car to look at the poor thing and then opened his trunk, got out the tire iron and... I stayed in the car but I knew what he had to do. He had run over and cruched the animal’s back end and it was suffering. I thought he was very brave to handle the situation. He was only seventeen.
I would say there’s nothing inherently “cruel” about using a club to dispatch a small animal. One good solid crack on the skull and death should be pretty much instantaneous. We don’t know here, and won’t know, upon which strike the cat died. Could be it was dead on on the first blow. Why the excessive number of hits? I have no idea. That’s worth finding out.
But the mere fact that the officer used his PR-24 or an ASP baton to kill a cat is in no way “cruel”, all by itself.
“An officer cannot just fire his/her weapon when they like. They would have to fill out a lengthy report. The officer was in a no win situation.”
I agree with this. What about the bullet fragments, or worse, a ricochet? This was a very tough, snap call under extreme duress. I came very close to having to make a decision like this with my own pet. I wasn’t there, so I would have to leave this to the best judgement of people on the scene.
Ofcourse, if the cat was somone's pet, it is really their fault that the animal died that way-KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
Despite their cute little face and bandit like markings, racoons are smart vicious little vermine that will attack and kill a cat and maim your dog and also carry rabies. I live in the country side and not the city. On more than one occasion I have killed a racoon with a well placed shot from my shotgun. I wish the animal no ill will. If by chance I do not get a clean kill I will track and kill the animal to put it out of its misery.
--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
My husband wasn’t home and my dog got hold of a rabbit. I won’t get to graphic but when I saw the dog tossing the rabbit into the air I put the kids in the playroom and told them to stay there until I got back, no matter what. They hadn’t seen what was going on. I ran out and tried to save the rabbit but it was definitely to late. It even made a crying noise. My heart was broken but after getting the dog out of there I had to grab the shovel and swing hard, the poor thing was suffering and squealing. I didn’t know my own strength so I hit it a couple of more times just to be sure. This sounds horrible as I write it but there was nothing I could do and I wasn’t going to let the dog eat it or rip it apart where my kids play. I quickly
buried it in the flower garden and I told my girls I had buried a rabbit the
dog had killed. They had a little prayer for the rabbit and that was that.
Thread drift much? What’s the war on drugs got to do with this?
LOL, and a witty Viking nonetheless.
Wayne Meadows sounds like a jackass pansy. Who the hell calls the police for a cat? This guy sounds like the type that waits for his grandmother’s social security check every month.
Coons are nasty predators, they kill just for the pleasure of it as one got into my chicken coop, killed and ate one and killed 1/2 dozen more just for fun, chewed up the leg of a guinea. I either shot them or drown them in the live traps I caught them in...I found a decapitated wild rabbit behind my bay and the body over by the barn...didn’t eat it, just killed it...they decapitate when they kill...carry rabies, and if caught in a live trap will hiss, spit and grown at you unti they meet a bullet...nasty piece of work and will decimate your rows of corn in the garden...the only good coon is a dead coon..
You did not have a firearm on your person that you were trained to use under appropriate circumstances.
An officer does.
You didn’t have a more human method on your person and elected not to use it. You selected the most humane method available to you and dispatched the rabbit quickly.
That is the difference.
I didn’t say that the man who called the police did all he could.
I said that the officer had a more humane option for executing the cat and elected not to use it.
You were brave and appropriate in numerous ways. As horrible as it was, you did good. Only other thing you can do now is, if you think you live in an area where this might be repeated, investigate more humane ways to kill a small animal and get whatever tools you need to do it (whether pistol, rifle, shotgun, etc.) But under the circumstances, you did what you had to do - and you protected your children's psyches. As well, given the number of animals that die each day, how many get prayed over? So there's that, too.
When one has a more instantaneously lethal means of dispatching a cat and chooses not to use it, it reflects on the person who resorts to using the less lethal instrument.
Clearly, the cat was not dispatched at the first beating and perhaps it may have attempted to get away from the officer: “The officer told him to contact police because of damage to the house. There are stains and smashed siding around the porch. “
The witness describes the incident happening “on the porch”—where he apparently left the cat.
How to account for the smashed siding? Either the officer has incredibly poor aim that his blows rained down upon the siding, not the cat, so that the cat suffered through *indirect* blows, or the cat had enough strength/energy/will to live that it tried (futilely) to get away from the officer.
Maybe he should’ve put it in a live trap and drowned it.
The police very often seem recently to be getting their jollies killing dogs and cats.
Another example of why calling the police to your home is simply insane, unless your life is in danger (and then you better be sure) or to get the dead body out of your house from your use of deadly force to protect yourself?
My dad, who was the head park ranger at a major metro-park in S.E. Michigan would do just that to sick raccoons he would see wandering the park in the daytime. He's even had to put deer down that he discovered caught in fencing in the back countryside of the park.......
The thought of beating that injured cat to death with a night stick makes me sick too.......
Several years ago, a cop “put a squirrel out of misery with a bullet”...ricochet killed a five year old child.
Maybe he shouldve put it in a live trap and drowned it.
...maybe its humane, but as a young teen, I watched as my uncle put a trapped skunk in the tub of water to drown it and that poor skunk fought like hell to get out and avoid dying! Can still see his nose and claws from the little glass window in the back of the trap. Maybe its the most humane but the fight for life kind of shook me. I think the .22 to the head is more humane...
My SIL had a family of them hanging around her house. One night, we decided to drop by there, but she wasn’t home. The family of raccoons greeted us. One of my kids was finishing up some chicken nuggets so we decided to toss one to them to get them distracted. It didn’t work for very long. They were aggressive and they ended up chasing us to our car. We’ve had them show up at our back door, but prior to that I never knew how hostile they could be.
My granddad in England used to drown unwanted kittens for family and neighbors. This was 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s England and there was probably no other way for your average person to do it more humanely back then. I know from my mom she said he didn’t like doing it.
My comment was not to absolve the police officer for what he did.
I was being sarcastic.
I think drowning a trapped animal [or any animal, for that matter] reeks of sadistic sociopathy, myself.
It’s not at *all* humane.
I had a run in with 3 rabid coons last fall and shot them all, quickly, humanely and with much sorrow.
The mother, although sick with rabies herself, was trying to protect her babies from me [they were suffering -horribly-] til the very last second.
It was heartbreaking but I knew they were in agony and there was no one else around to do what needed to be done.
Then I took them to the health dept. for testing, got my dogs their booster shots and went through the rabies series, myself.
All creatures want to live and I can not -imagine- watching one slowly drown nor feeling “joy” whilst doing so.
The mere thought sickens me to the core.
I’m sorry you witnessed what you did.
I know how some images become permanently etched into your mind.
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