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There are 43 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Mar 9, 2012, titled Harrisonburg Officer Convicted of Animal Cruelty - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports an.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A Harrisonburg police officer accused of killing an injured cat with a baton has been convicted of animal cruelty.

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citizen

Scottsville, VA

#23 Mar 9, 2012
Colt 45 wrote:
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This cat did not belong to the man who called police,he took the cat to his home and then called police.
So why didn't he do the right thing and take it to the vet?

Was he too cheap to pay the freight for his conscience?

Maybe he thought the vet would be too expensive?

From now on the cops need to tell pet owners and do gooders to take care of these matters themselves!

When you get free labor you run the risk of geting an inept worker and this case is no exception.
citizen

Scottsville, VA

#24 Mar 9, 2012
Guardian wrote:
This cop was enjoying his work. TWENTY baton hits to kill a house cat, are you kidding me? If he wasn't drawing out the death of this cat for the benefit of his own psychosis, was it for the shock factor of those watching? why did it take so many hits? The truth is, he was enjoying it. Most serial killers start out torturing animals, and this was torture.
How do we know the hero of this story wasn't dead after the first whack? If so that would be a merciful death, at least compared to what the guy on Fairway got.
Toy Box Command

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Mar 9, 2012
citizen wrote:
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How do we know the hero of this story wasn't dead after the first whack? If so that would be a merciful death, at least compared to what the guy on Fairway got.
When does this insanity end?
Cop beats cat to death.
Cop shoots and kills girl in Culpeper.
Cop in Louisa township, embezzlement or fraud.
Cop in Richmond, embezzlement from fellow officers.
Cop in Charlottesville stealing from his church.
Cop in Albemarle fired in on-duty sex scandal.
Married cop in Albemarle fired for domestic abuse on girlfriend.
Cop in Charlottesville fired for watching strip tease on duty.
Albemarle cop shoots guy with pitchfok dead because female officer got too close to him.
4 Albemarle cops wrongfully shoot and kill unarmed man, jury awards family $4 in damages.

The list goes on and on and on.

Even more disturbing than most of the above, Albemarle cop fired as whistle blower.
citizen

Scottsville, VA

#26 Mar 9, 2012
Toy Box Command wrote:
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When does this insanity end?
Cop beats cat to death.
Cop shoots and kills girl in Culpeper.
Cop in Louisa township, embezzlement or fraud.
Cop in Richmond, embezzlement from fellow officers.
Cop in Charlottesville stealing from his church.
Cop in Albemarle fired in on-duty sex scandal.
Married cop in Albemarle fired for domestic abuse on girlfriend.
Cop in Charlottesville fired for watching strip tease on duty.
Albemarle cop shoots guy with pitchfok dead because female officer got too close to him.
4 Albemarle cops wrongfully shoot and kill unarmed man, jury awards family $4 in damages.
The list goes on and on and on.
Even more disturbing than most of the above, Albemarle cop fired as whistle blower.
Are you suggesting the cat was a whistle blower that had to be killed before he ratted out the Harrisonburg police department?

The next time there is a prowler in your back yard call PETA or the SPCA and let the cops take care of the free range democrats that like to break in houses and cars in our neighborhoods.
Just me

Richmond, VA

#27 Mar 9, 2012
Amy wrote:
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It is my understanding that the person who called the police did not own the cat. He saw the cat hit by a car and called the sheriff's office, which is the appropriate action to take. It can be dangerous to try to handle an injured animal that you do not know; that is what we have animal control officers for. A bite from an unknown animal with an unknown vaccination history is quite a problem; the animal must then be held for ten days and observed for signs of rabies or the individual must go through a series of post-exposure vaccinations which are costly and painful. It is disgraceful that animal control officers were not dispatched to safely transfer the cat to an emergency vet for euthanasia if that is what was needed.
Most areas do not have ACO's at night
Crack Scooter

Scottsville, VA

#28 Mar 9, 2012
Just me wrote:
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Most areas do not have ACO's at night
For the right price any vet will make a house call.

Don't be cheap when it comes to those you love.
Dee

Mobile, AL

#29 Mar 9, 2012
Instead of Snoddy's attorney appealing the verdict they should borrow a baton from the Harrisonburg police department and giving him ummmm 50 good wacks with the baton.
Jordan L

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Mar 9, 2012
This is DISGUSTING! The officer is a shameful sick human being. I cant believe we have people like this in uniform and carring a gun. He should be discharged right away! What a psychopath. Sick, sick, sick!
Adam

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Mar 9, 2012
Obviously he made a horrible mistake, but it's important to note that the cat was dying - so he isn't responsible for the death, just a VERY inappropriate form of euthernasia. Driving home last night I came across a cat that had been hit by a car and was in unimaginable pain. No one would help me. SPCA closed. Animal control closed. Vet closed. state and local police, and sheriffs office all refused to even show up. I completely freaked out, and actually considered running it over with my car to end the misery. Instead, I put the wailing, defecating, dying cat in the car and attempted to drive it over an hour to the emergency vet. It died a horrible death 15 minutes into the car ride. I understand being outraged at the officer who made a terrible choice, but I withhold some of my disgust for the dozens, possible hundreds of drivers who chose to do nothing.
Colt 45

Culpeper, VA

#32 Mar 9, 2012
citizen wrote:
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So why didn't he do the right thing and take it to the vet?
Was he too cheap to pay the freight for his conscience?
Maybe he thought the vet would be too expensive?
From now on the cops need to tell pet owners and do gooders to take care of these matters themselves!
When you get free labor you run the risk of geting an inept worker and this case is no exception.
To answer your first question,you will have to ask him,i have no idea.as far as the vet being to exspensive why would he pay vets bill for a cat that did not belong to him?
He should have left the cat where he found it and called police.
Toy Box Command

Charlottesville, VA

#33 Mar 9, 2012
Adam wrote:
.... last night I came across a cat that had been hit by a car and was in unimaginable pain. No one would help me. SPCA closed. Animal control closed. Vet closed. state and local police, and sheriffs office all refused to even show up. I completely freaked out, and actually considered running it over with my car to end the misery. Instead, I put the wailing, defecating, dying cat in the car and attempted to drive it over an hour to the emergency vet. It died a horrible death 15 minutes into the car ride. I understand being outraged at the officer who made a terrible choice, but I withhold some of my disgust for the dozens, possible hundreds of drivers who chose to do nothing.
In all fairness, and if your tale is true, you should volunteer to testify in the appeal on the officer's behalf. 2 minutes of beating to die, or 15 minutes of pain and suffering to die.
Amy

Earlysville, VA

#34 Mar 9, 2012
Just me wrote:
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Most areas do not have ACO's at night
Most areas do not have ACO's ON DUTY at night - they have them ON CALL for emergencies like injured animals. If localities choose not to have ACO's ON CALL for emergencies like injured animals, then they need to have protocol in place for their deputies to follow, including how to deal with critically injured animals (by taking them to a vet for euthanasia.)
The Bear

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Mar 9, 2012
If I had to pay a vet out of my own pocket to have the kitty euthanized, I'd have done that before beating hell out of it with a baton.

Old Copper.
UTOPIA

Ashburn, VA

#36 Mar 9, 2012
I guess he should have blown the little flea bags head off with his service pistol then all you morally inverted animal lovers would have been satisfied right? You all probably then would have complained that he expended a $.50 bullet at taxpayer expense. maybe he should have summoned an ambulance to transport the animal to the nearest emergency room, moved any human patients out of the way and brought the animal back to full health. IT'S A FRIGGIN' CAT!
Adam

Charlottesville, VA

#37 Mar 9, 2012
1. You can't get a cat euthenized at night when no vets are open. Protocol was to shoot the cat. The officer probably had a reason for not shooting his gun. He probably hit the cat many times to make sure it was dead and not suffereing. I had to shoot a rabid opossum once and it's VERY upsetting (things don't stop moving right away when you kill them)

2. My story is true, it happened last night, and it is verifiable by calls to police and sheriffs office (although they refused to help or even show up).
L Ashley

Roseville, CA

#38 Mar 9, 2012
A misdemeanor and $50 fine for the brutal murder of this poor injured cat, that's outrageous, and it horrifies me that someone who uses such poor judgement and has so little regard for life is in the position of authority being a police officer.
Just me

Richmond, VA

#39 Mar 27, 2012
Crack Scooter wrote:
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For the right price any vet will make a house call.
Don't be cheap when it comes to those you love.
The ACO comment stands for Animal Control Officer.. Not a vet. My comment had nothing to do with not contacting a vet. I assume you did not know what an ACO was?!?!?!?!?
Honestly

Fremont, CA

#40 Mar 27, 2012
Just another dumb cave n!@@er with a badge. Send them back to the caves of Europe.
reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#41 Mar 27, 2012
So what does he do now? get another job at another jurisdiction like other wacko cops?
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#42 Mar 28, 2012
Liberalace wrote:
Whoa, kind readers, let's put into context...
I suspect Officer Snoddy's blows to the cat were effective and well placed. It says he struck the cat 20 times and--if you go back to your grade school math--that is only 2.22 blows to the head per life of the cat.
Thus, I believe Judge Helvin's decision was based on the rather low heinousness of this action as well as Officer Snoddy's pinpoint precision with his truncheon.
Most officers would give their right arm to be able to put down a perp with just 2.22 blows of the baton.
R.I.P.: Larry Ferrari
I could have finished off Fluffy with three strikes, tops. But don't forget; kitty cats have teeny little brains and a hard, hard skull. Even so, I think Officer Snoddy needs a good daily multivitamin with iron.

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