Demand Justice for Cat Beaten to Death by City
Two employees of Springfield, Missouri's City Utilities (CU) agency
apparently recently found a cat trapped in a garbage receptacle at one of their
employer's service centers. By the time they left the scene, the cat had been stoned to death and left in the
, buried under a trash bag. The animal's skull was crushed in
the attack, according to news sources.
It appears that neither of the suspects has been held legally
accountable for their alleged attack. Please help us change
On November 27, CU announced that the accused had been suspended from work
and ordered to perform animal-welfare related community service; one was demoted
and the other denied any chance of promotion for a year. A CU spokesperson
apparently deemed the matter a mere "personnel situation."
clearly a criminal situation. Their alleged act merits each suspect being
charged with the Class A misdemeanor offense of animal abuse, given that
Missouri Revised Statutes Section 578.012.1 stipulates that one is guilty of
that offense "when a person: (1) Intentionally or purposely kills an animal" and
given that Section 578.005(3) defines animal as "every living vertebrate except
a human being."
When the Springfield Animal Control department was
contacted regarding criminal charges, the agency knew of no criminal
investigation into the suspects' actions or related pending criminal charges
Please respectfully remind the officials below that
those who abuse animals rarely do so only once and almost never stop there.
Politely explain that the safety of Greene County and its animals may well be at
stake, and that their employer's workplace penalties can in no way replace the
penalties state law reserves for these suspects if they are convicted of crime
they are accused of.
Ask that each of these offices take all necessary
action - including criminal prosecution - to ensure that this defenseless cat
was the workers' last victim.
Honorable Darrell L. Moore
Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Greene
1010 Boonville Ave.
Email: DMoore@greenecounty mo.org
CC: Ron Boyer,
Springfield Animal Control Program
Springfield, MO 65802
CC: Chief Lynn
Springfield Police Department
321 E. Chestnut
Springfield, MO 65802
Email: SPDWebSiteMail@ ci.springfield. mo.us
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