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Driver who ran over cat 11 times spared prison
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 22, 2005 | Unsigned

Posted on 12/22/2005 10:49:03 AM PST by aculeus

A man who was caught on CCTV repeatedly driving his car over a cat has been spared jail.

Barry Haggerty, a 58-year-old chartered surveyor from Buckinghamshire, claimed he ran over the cat 11 times because he wanted to put it out of its misery.

Haggerty was heading for work when he ran over Mixey the cat on April 12. He returned to the scene and drove forwards and backwards over the animals as it thrashed around in pain, eventually killing it.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty and was sentenced by Milton Keynes Magistrates to a period of imprisonment of six weeks, suspended for 52 weeks. He was also ordered to do 60 hours' community service and to pay the prosecution costs of £4,182.

Dean Price, the defence solicitor, said Haggerty was "an animal lover" who was trying to put the cat out of its misery and had reacted with "horror and remorse" when he was shown CCTV footage of what he had done.

He told police he thought he had killed the cat outright when he first hit it but he returned and ran it over a further 10 times just to be sure.

The four-minute CCTV footage showed Haggerty's silver Renault Clio drive forwards and backwards over the one-year-old tortoiseshell female 10 times over a two-and-a-half-minute period.

The cat could clearly be seen thrashing its legs and tail in agony. Haggerty is seen to get out of his car at one stage to assess the state of the cat.

"I feel really awful," Haggerty said. "My only thoughts were how can I stop this animal suffering. The only thing I had was the car. I thought I was acting in the best interests of the cat."

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1 posted on 12/22/2005 10:49:04 AM PST by aculeus
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To: aculeus
He told police he thought he had killed the cat outright when he first hit it but he returned and ran it over a further 10 times just to be sure.

LOL!

2 posted on 12/22/2005 10:50:18 AM PST by plain talk
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To: aculeus

Video link?

Sorry. Just kidding.


3 posted on 12/22/2005 10:50:21 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: aculeus

The French car did it.


4 posted on 12/22/2005 10:50:43 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: aculeus

Cheap a$$ european compacts. This would never happened with a F350 or Hummer.


5 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim ("We're a meat-based society.")
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To: aculeus

9 lives + 2 more to make sure = 11


6 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:29 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: aculeus

I guess two lives more than a happy meal.


7 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:38 AM PST by NYDave (.)
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To: aculeus

This guy deserves to be run over 11 times. Bastard.


8 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:45 AM PST by pabianice (I guess)
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To: aculeus

He should at least eat what he kills.


9 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:54 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: aculeus

What a maroon.

I think considering the context, he was punished OK. If I had done something like that, I'd hope it was OK enough to take it to a vet; if not, I might think of using an axe or pick on the poor cat. Just to get it over w/quickly and a bit more cleanly. Smushing him w/a 2-ton car w/wide wheels is not at all clean and nice.


10 posted on 12/22/2005 10:52:30 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: aculeus

meeOW!!!


11 posted on 12/22/2005 10:52:32 AM PST by Millee
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To: aculeus

I kind of feel for the guy. I once accidentally hit a rabbit on the road and in my rearview mirror I could see it thrashing around...ouch.


12 posted on 12/22/2005 10:52:59 AM PST by RushCrush (Liberals have low self esteem.)
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To: plain talk
Hilarious. This was his defense, and it worked! All because of his "credentials" as an animal lover."

Earth to DA: After three times, it's personal.

13 posted on 12/22/2005 10:53:03 AM PST by Williams
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To: aculeus

Audio:

Me-*crunch*-ow ow ow-*crunch*-ow ow ow ow ow ow ow-*crunch*-ow ow ow- *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch* - *crunch*-...


14 posted on 12/22/2005 10:53:10 AM PST by thoughtomator (Congrats Iraq!)
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To: aculeus

"...and had reacted with "horror and remorse" when he was shown CCTV footage of what he had done."

Like Tookie Williams?


15 posted on 12/22/2005 10:53:13 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: pabianice

Run over? He deserves to be drug around a parking lot a few times himself just to see how it feels. See if this SOB would ever run over anything again.


16 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:16 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: aculeus

He must have been really mad at his cat.


17 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:20 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: RushCrush

How many times did you run over the rabbit? I bet not 11.


18 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:21 AM PST by Williams
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To: aculeus

Well, when he is at the end of his rope, I hope somebody is around with a dump truck - one with a transmission problem.


19 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:32 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: pabianice

I like cats just fine, but do you really think this guy deserves to be run over 11 times? For crying out loud, it was a cat. Whether it was run over once or 11 times, dead is dead. Chances are that he did shorten the length of the suffering the cat had to endure.


20 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:33 AM PST by shempy (EABOF)
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To: aculeus

His defense was:


wait for it...


"It's Bush's fault!"


21 posted on 12/22/2005 10:54:47 AM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I might think of using an axe or pick on the poor cat. Just to get it over w/quickly and a bit more cleanly.

Didn't the car have a tire iron? Or was he just too much of a wuss to do the needful? Horrible to have to, of course.

22 posted on 12/22/2005 10:55:19 AM PST by nina0113
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To: pabianice
I feel the same way about the creep who dumped a kitten off at my house a few months ago.

I didn't realize that he'd climbed up into my Explorer and accidentally killed him when I started the engine.

I'd like to take whoever dumped him off and run them through a jet engine to see how they like it.

23 posted on 12/22/2005 10:55:35 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson
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To: plain talk
sentenced by Milton Keynes Magistrates to a period of imprisonment of six weeks, suspended for 52 weeks. He was also ordered to do 60 hours' community service and to pay the prosecution costs of £4,182.

C'mon, it's an animal. 6 Weeks in jail? Has the world gone mad... or just Europe and California
24 posted on 12/22/2005 10:56:25 AM PST by No_More_Harkin
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To: aculeus
"The only thing I had was the car. I thought I was acting in the best interests of the cat."

Translation: He had left his torture kit home that day.

25 posted on 12/22/2005 10:56:25 AM PST by Williams
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To: aculeus

I was driving to work one morning and a deer was in the middle of a 3 lane road. He was obviously in pain and you can see this huge plume of steam coming from his notrils as he was fighting for each breath. I felt bad for the poor thing but I was already running late and it would have taken more than 11 times with my explorer.


26 posted on 12/22/2005 10:57:25 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
No way. Using an axe would make this poor sad sack appear as even more of a monster. We are conditioned by movies.

He was in a no-win position. I just pray I am never faced with a similar scenario...

27 posted on 12/22/2005 10:57:50 AM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: thoughtomator

Thanks for the audio... ROTFLOL & crying


28 posted on 12/22/2005 10:58:08 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Tijeras_Slim

: )


29 posted on 12/22/2005 10:58:38 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: aculeus

I do feel bad for the guy...he is either a very caring guy and had the cats interests in mind or he is a sadistic weirdo who feeds of ruthless animal cruelty. I think a quick investigation would have found this man was just trying to do what he thought was right and had no ill intent.


30 posted on 12/22/2005 10:58:59 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: plain talk

It's a CAT, for crying out loud! Some people eat them!


31 posted on 12/22/2005 10:59:27 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: Publius6961

Based on teh punishment, I don't think the judge bought his story. BTW, love my cat but I don't think people should be imprisoned for harming animals, especially if it was an accident.


32 posted on 12/22/2005 11:00:04 AM PST by Williams
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To: aculeus

It was just a cat. I mean it wasn't a dog or anything.


33 posted on 12/22/2005 11:00:42 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: pabianice

I agree with you....how horrible. And the people in her who think it's funny....well....I'll keep those thoughts to myself.


34 posted on 12/22/2005 11:00:47 AM PST by Fawn
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Umm....still pictures only....
35 posted on 12/22/2005 11:00:56 AM PST by jmq (Islam=Religion of Peace)
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To: aculeus

"The cat could clearly be seen thrashing its legs and tail in agony."

First, the word "agony" implies pain, something that can only relate to human consciousness. Second, the thrashing could also have been the equivalent of a beheaded chicken running around - something I saw quite a bit of as a child at my grandparents farm.


36 posted on 12/22/2005 11:01:01 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: RobRoy

Some people eat people...and fetuses....what's your point?


37 posted on 12/22/2005 11:01:21 AM PST by Fawn
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To: aculeus
Maybe he was just trying to add material to this book.
38 posted on 12/22/2005 11:01:51 AM PST by Michael.SF. ('Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in Canada' - Ted Nugent.)
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To: shempy

If that was his real intention, he would have used something he could aim with. Just whacking the cat on the head with a heavy object would have ended the suffering instantly. Stomping the head with a foot would also work, if no heavy object was available? By the time he'd run over the cat several times, and it was still thrashing, he had to have known that plan wasn't working.


39 posted on 12/22/2005 11:02:35 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: aculeus

bah. guys an idiot. you don't run over an animal 11 times to make sure its dead. its a cat. if you're that worried, a tire iron, a knife, a rock, or even your boot heel will do it much more quickly and humanely than running it over.


40 posted on 12/22/2005 11:03:03 AM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: Williams
but I don't think people should be imprisoned for harming animals,

I think that people who harm animals on purpose(not accidents) should be electrocuted....

41 posted on 12/22/2005 11:03:18 AM PST by Fawn
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To: RobRoy

Had you personally bit off any of those chicken heads? Just asking.


42 posted on 12/22/2005 11:03:54 AM PST by Williams
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To: DogBarkTree

Pussy.


43 posted on 12/22/2005 11:04:16 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Fawn

"Some people eat people...and fetuses....what's your point?"
Well, Hitler gassed jews. That does not mean that workers at animal shelters should be treated as little hitlers.

My point is that, unlike PETA, I do not believe a boy is a dog is a cat. Animals are animals. They are not people and do not contain within them the same intrinsic value. They are "meat on the hoof".


44 posted on 12/22/2005 11:04:22 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: Williams

"Had you personally bit off any of those chicken heads? Just asking."

8^>

No. I used a hatchet.


45 posted on 12/22/2005 11:05:25 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: aculeus
Ugh, I did this with a squirrel once. Damn thing ran out in front of me and got it's rear end crushed...took a few attempts to put em out of his misery. It's hard to get a squirrel under your tire when they don't dash out in front of you while you're going 70. While i did back up and go forward a few times, I didn't actually run em over 4 times...just twice. That said, it must have been some sort of super cat to get run over 9 times and still live.
46 posted on 12/22/2005 11:05:40 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Lazamataz

I thought you'd want to comment on this thread...don't ask me why....just thought of you....


47 posted on 12/22/2005 11:06:15 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: pabianice

"This guy deserves to be run over 11 times. Bastard."

His parentage really is not in question here... 8^>


48 posted on 12/22/2005 11:06:35 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: RobRoy

A cat or dog can experience agony just as thoroughly as a human can. And it tends to have very similar psychological effects if the animal survives: anti-social behavior within its own species, severe aggression and/or fear, and very easily startled into expressing aggression/fear, just like humans with PTSD.


49 posted on 12/22/2005 11:07:33 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: billbears

"Run over? He deserves to be drug around a parking lot a few times himself just to see how it feels."

How it feels to a human, or how it feels to a cat?


50 posted on 12/22/2005 11:08:39 AM PST by RobRoy
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