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Teacher shoots cat for using kid's sandbox as litter box
WJHL-TV ^ | January 31, 2014 | Chris Bundgaard

Posted on 01/31/2014 2:44:12 PM PST by don-o

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A Rutherford County elementary school teacher faces animal cruelty charges for shooting her neighbor's cat.

Katherine Duke, a fourth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Murfreesboro, admitted to police she shot the cat Thursday afternoon because she was tired of it using her children's sandbox as a litter box.

The cat's owner rushed it to a veterinarian where the animal had to be euthanized.

Duke, 41, was charged with animal cruelty and booked into the Rutherford County.

She has since been released on a $2,250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 4.

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; publicschools
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I'm going to speculate here. Hey! It's what we do.

I suspect an irresponsible pet owner who had been told more than once. Perhaps a better course of action was to obtain a restraining order.

1 posted on 01/31/2014 2:44:12 PM PST by don-o
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To: don-o

What did she shoot it with? The article doesn’t state. My guess a pellet gun not a 12ga.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 2:47:14 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: don-o

She should have uses a hav a heart trap, taken to the pound and let them Kill the Kittie


3 posted on 01/31/2014 2:48:19 PM PST by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: don-o

Sounds like justifiable felinocide.

Next!


4 posted on 01/31/2014 2:48:29 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: don-o

restraining orders cost money


5 posted on 01/31/2014 2:48:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: don-o

Justified!


6 posted on 01/31/2014 2:49:24 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: driftdiver

I was thinking of that. As far as I know, Tenn. does not have small claims court. So I guess her recourse would have been to lawyer up and sue for damages.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 2:51:27 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o
I love my catz. But I don't let them wander the outside and get into other people's property and cause damage.

I have a neighbor that WILL kill cats on his property.

/johnny

8 posted on 01/31/2014 2:51:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: don-o

I thought digging down into the sand and finding cat crap was a rite of passage for all kids growing up.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 2:57:14 PM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Bulwinkle
I'm a responsible dog owner. I'm a long time trainer and handler. I always know where my dogs are and always make sure they are contained and on my own property.

I follow the laws. I hate cat owners who think I have to put up with their cats on my property. If I wanted a cat here I would have one. The only thing this person did wrong is that they should have killed the cat where it was, bagged it, tossed it in the garbage, and never said a word.

10 posted on 01/31/2014 2:57:30 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m one of those neighbors that kills cats that dump on my property.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 2:58:04 PM PST by glorgau
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To: don-o

Difficult to fault the shooter. There was a cat which kept tipping over our trash. Let’s just say there was a cessation of the offense. .22 shorts are almost inaudible.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 2:58:37 PM PST by lurk
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To: don-o
poor gunowner..next time, use spray bottle w/turpentine
d@nm!!! the cat/it's irresponsible owner.

13 posted on 01/31/2014 2:59:47 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: glorgau
I'm one of those neighbors that keeps his catz in the house.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/31/2014 3:00:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: don-o

Teachable moment


15 posted on 01/31/2014 3:00:38 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of ingtheir political choices.")
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To: don-o

Uncle Fred used to kill cats on his property. They were feral. He said he killed at least 35. His garden was amazing!


16 posted on 01/31/2014 3:02:22 PM PST by petitfour
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To: don-o

I’ve done that and I fail to see something worthy of arrest of a human.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 3:02:35 PM PST by elkfersupper
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It was a terrible outrages thing to do. And I have to say to those that think this is OK, please speak for yourselves, it`s not true that Conservatives do not like animals, but some seem to assume that this is the case.

Mark Levin and myself, and millions of Conservatives do not believe its OK to shoot a cat for being a cat, makes no difference what the owner does or does not do

Not aimed at anybody in particular


18 posted on 01/31/2014 3:02:38 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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To: glorgau
I’m one of those neighbors that kills cats that dump on my property.

No human can tell where a single gunshot came from.

19 posted on 01/31/2014 3:04:43 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: don-o

I have 2 cats and a new kitten but I can’t say I lay all the blame on the teacher. Letting your cats out to poop all over the neighborhood is a bad idea, unsafe and very inconsiderate! Sure, it’s different for farm cats or field cats, but no one wants to find cat crap in their kid’s sandbox! I do wonder if the cat owner was spoken to before it came to this. I’m very sad for the cat tho, just doing what comes naturally.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 3:05:13 PM PST by twyn1
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To: don-o

A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kid’s not using, under supervision, anyway.


21 posted on 01/31/2014 3:06:39 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Friendofgeorge
As a responsible cat owner, I keep my catz inside, where they can't get into other people's property and cause damage.

Animals that go where they aren't wanted and cause damage are called vermin. They are generally disposed of.

Keep your pets under control and on your property. It's the responsible, conservative thing to do.

/johnny

22 posted on 01/31/2014 3:06:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: don-o

Get a rope.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 3:07:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t have neighbors like that, but fast cars and wild animals—so I keep my kitty safe.


24 posted on 01/31/2014 3:07:29 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: don-o

What is FR—the global site for cat murderers?


25 posted on 01/31/2014 3:09:07 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Why?

We have never had a sandbox, so I wouldn’t know. We did live in sand land for a lot of years though. It would’ve been hard to cover the whole backyard.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 3:10:26 PM PST by petitfour
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To: don-o
My kind of woman!!! (I am one and pro-Second Amendment and love cats but their feces is not conducive to children playing in sand boxes, feces linked to feline leukemia .)

My neighbor, irresponsible cat owner, allowed her cats to kill baby Cardinals in their nests, dragging little bodies to our front porch and using two neighbors' children's sand boxes, claiming that "that's just what cats do," was told that perhaps her cat just might eat something that was "dangerous to his health."

27 posted on 01/31/2014 3:11:51 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: 9YearLurker

Count me in. Shot cats are polite cats.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 3:12:27 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: don-o

In another story, the cat owner says the teacher never mentioned that the cat was causing a problem. That doesn’t look good at all for the teacher.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 3:13:31 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: don-o; Slings and Arrows

When I was a kid, someone shot my cat. The cat managed to drag himself home where we took him the vet to be put down.

I do not know who did it, but I will neither forgive nor forget.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 3:14:49 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: 9YearLurker

“A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kid’s not using, under supervision, anyway.”

Exactly!

More in another article - the teacher did indeed shoot the cat with a pellet gun, as some surmised on this thread.

MPD: Rutherford County teacher admits to shooting neighbor’s cat

http://www.dnj.com/article/20140131/NEWS01/301310024/MPD-Rutherford-County-teacher-admits-shooting-neighbor-s-cat


31 posted on 01/31/2014 3:15:52 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: don-o

If I were the cat’s attorney I would have her charged with entrapment. The cat just couldn’t help himself.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 3:16:18 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: lurk

I have a 1K FPS .22 scoped pellet rifle that will hold a half inch group at fifty yards. It punches hole through a 3/4” pine board all day long. I bought it and put it together as a cat/raccoon/skunk/stray dog gun. It pops when the pellet breaks the sound barrier but as long as I’m shooting out of my garage you can’t hear it from a hundred feet. All my neighbors are more than a half mile down the road I don’t have a stray pet problem.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:05 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: don-o

It was cruelty. It wasn’t a clean shot.


34 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:26 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: 9YearLurker

I do love cats. I would have been traumatized as a child if one of our neighbors would have offed any of the neighbor kitties. My daddy did not like pets, so I played with the neighbors’ animals. The neighborhood cats must’ve had their own special poop zones because I never saw them pooping in anyone’s yard. The dogs were a different story. They kind of went wherever they wanted. No leash laws. Great neighborhood with a lot of wonderful people. And a lot of wonderful animals.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:36 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
In another story, the cat owner says the teacher never mentioned that the cat was causing a problem.

What's she gonna say? "Oh, she told me a hunnert times to keep my cat off her property."

36 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:47 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: petitfour

Because a sandbox in a regularly landscaped area is an attractive nuisance for every dog or cat or who knows what passing by. You even have bird droppings from overhead.


37 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:55 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: don-o
"“I’m sorry it had to come to this,” Croney said. “They never once mentioned that they had an issue with Carley using the sandbox.”

From another article:

MPD: Rutherford County teacher admits to shooting neighbor's cat

38 posted on 01/31/2014 3:18:46 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: 9YearLurker; Innovative
A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kid’s not using, under supervision, anyway.

In a residential area, a responsible cat owner keeps his or her cat indoors, so it isn't killing songbirds in my yard or defecating in my yard.

I don't leave my dogs' droppings in a cat owner's yard.

Now excuse me while I go clean my litterbox.

39 posted on 01/31/2014 3:21:50 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Friendofgeorge
Mark Levin and myself, and millions of Conservatives do not believe its OK to shoot a cat for being a cat, makes no difference what the owner does or does not do

You have every right to think what you want but not a single right to impose your cat on me. We live out in the country and people are always dumping cats off out here. No problem for me at all. What I don't get the coyotes and bobcats do. Which way is better for these beloved and deserted kittys?

40 posted on 01/31/2014 3:22:04 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: 9YearLurker
Funny
41 posted on 01/31/2014 3:25:35 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: 9YearLurker
A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kid’s not using, under supervision, anyway.

No way do you get to say that she was not a responsible Mom. She was trying to keep the cat crap out of her children's sand box. It was the irresponsible cat owners who are to blame here. Cat owners, just like dog owners, should keep their pets at home. Period.

42 posted on 01/31/2014 3:25:50 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: don-o

Poor Kitty.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 3:29:02 PM PST by steerpike100
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To: don-o
HEY, YO!! TEACH,

You are only being prosecuted persecuted, because you VIOLATED THE 3S PRINCIPLE.

Also, you really effed up by not making sure the damn thing was permanently greased.

Katz lovers are deranged. They think their little kitty can go ANYWHERE and do ANYTHING they want to other people's property, ANYTIME.

And don't you dare complain!

Recommendation for defense: I was "protecting my property" from destruction and vandalism.

Put the damn KATZ owner on the hot tin roof for a change.

44 posted on 01/31/2014 3:29:56 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: don-o
throwing cat sh!t on the neighbors porch/door/house/car would be much less liable to get you tossed in jail...
45 posted on 01/31/2014 3:32:02 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: don-o
I have cats and I have a sand box. The sand box is covered. Neither the feral cats nor my cats have ever used it as a potty.
46 posted on 01/31/2014 3:32:35 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
the teacher never mentioned that the cat was causing a problem.

If your cat is out and about you can bet that it is on other peoples property where it does not belong. That is a pretty simple assumption. I keep my dogs at home and secured at all times. That is my responsibility as a pet owner. I can not say I do not have this responsibility just because no one has told me my unsecured dogs are causing them a problem.

I do not want to hear the crap about cats just being cats. If you chose to have a python as a pet it has to be contained so it doesn't go next door and act like a "python." There is no difference. If you have a pet it is your responsibility to restrain and contain it so it does not violate other peoples property or rights.

47 posted on 01/31/2014 3:34:51 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: Scoutmaster

I agree with you.

I love dogs, but only had them when I lived in the country. Somehow I can never get over people walking their dog over to your lawn so they can pee on it, as is routinely done here in the ‘burbs.


48 posted on 01/31/2014 3:38:39 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: oldenuff2no

The solution was out of proportion to the problem. It certainly wasn’t the model of Christian kindness.


49 posted on 01/31/2014 3:39:00 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Perdogg

That’s a riot!


50 posted on 01/31/2014 3:41:20 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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