Skip to comments.Teacher shoots cat for using kid's sandbox as litter box
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.
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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.
What did she shoot it with? The article doesn’t state. My guess a pellet gun not a 12ga.
She should have uses a hav a heart trap, taken to the pound and let them Kill the Kittie
Sounds like justifiable felinocide.
restraining orders cost money
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.
I have a neighbor that WILL kill cats on his property.
I thought digging down into the sand and finding cat crap was a rite of passage for all kids growing up.
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.
I’m one of those neighbors that kills cats that dump on my property.
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.
Uncle Fred used to kill cats on his property. They were feral. He said he killed at least 35. His garden was amazing!
I’ve done that and I fail to see something worthy of arrest of a human.
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
No human can tell where a single gunshot came from.
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.
A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kid’s not using, under supervision, anyway.
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.
Get a rope.
I don’t have neighbors like that, but fast cars and wild animals—so I keep my kitty safe.
What is FR—the global site for cat murderers?
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.
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."
Count me in. Shot cats are polite cats.
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.
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.
“A responsible Mom has a cover over a sandbox when the kids not using, under supervision, anyway.”
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
If I were the cat’s attorney I would have her charged with entrapment. The cat just couldn’t help himself.
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.
It was cruelty. It wasn’t a clean shot.
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.
What's she gonna say? "Oh, she told me a hunnert times to keep my cat off her property."
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.
From another article:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The solution was out of proportion to the problem. It certainly wasn’t the model of Christian kindness.
That’s a riot!