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There are 108 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 25, 2011, titled Harrisonburg Officer Euthanizes Cat with Baton - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and .... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The Harrisonburg Police Department is reviewing its policy for handling animal complaints after an officer euthanized an injured cat by beating it with his baton.

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jtt

Richmond, VA

#1 Nov 25, 2011
Why not take it to the vet for humane euthanization? Or shoot the poor cat, and get it over instantly? Makes you wonder if the cat actually was beyond help or did this "officer" just want to beat a cat to death? Was this a police officer or animal control? Either one should know better!
Animal Lover

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 25, 2011
Let's ask this officer how he would feel if HE were hit by a car and offered only those two choices. How about a third option of taking the cat to a qualified veterinarian for evaluation?!!! Unbelievable!
The Obvious Solution

Scottsville, VA

#3 Nov 25, 2011
Do you really have to be that brain damaged to be a liberal? I guess it would be much more humane to keep this cat in dying agony for another hour or so to take it to a vet to be humanely put down? Next thing you know these liberal idiots will demand the cat spend yet another hour in agony so they can have a soothing ceremony singing kumbya and waving crystals around!

Great job officer! Now can you please club some of these idiot liberals and put them out of our misery?

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Valley Farmer

Wytheville, VA

#4 Nov 25, 2011
If he hit the cat in the head with the baton, it is humane and less dangerous that shooting it. It is common practice to kill large animals for food using a method that crushes the skull and kills it instantly. Smaller animals are commonly killed by electrocution, but hardly a method available to a Policeman on patrol.
central va marine

Earlysville, VA

#5 Nov 25, 2011
Quick, get me an officer. Got a report of a gun carrying cat injured by a car, and he is packing heat. No officer don't use your gun, you will have to pay for the slugs because the repugs have cut funding for public safety officers. Do it officer, take out that cat by some other means. After all, the cat is armed.

What a misguided miscreant that "The Obvious Solution" is. But typical of his tribe. After all, they do want Granny killed .

Any way, the very idea that some mouth drooler can take the slaughter of an innocent animal and turn it into a political statement gives intelligent people some idea why the repugs are trying to choose between Newt and a pizza king for president.

SAD, SAD, SAD.

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Since: Aug 09

You don't need to know, Va.

#6 Nov 25, 2011
central va marine wrote:
Quick, get me an officer. Got a report of a gun carrying cat injured by a car, and he is packing heat. No officer don't use your gun, you will have to pay for the slugs because the repugs have cut funding for public safety officers. Do it officer, take out that cat by some other means. After all, the cat is armed.
What a misguided miscreant that "The Obvious Solution" is. But typical of his tribe. After all, they do want Granny killed .
Any way, the very idea that some mouth drooler can take the slaughter of an innocent animal and turn it into a political statement gives intelligent people some idea why the repugs are trying to choose between Newt and a pizza king for president.
SAD, SAD, SAD.
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Brooke

Mobile, AL

#7 Nov 25, 2011
Reading through other articles on the incident, it wasn't so much that he used his baton, but that he hit the cat 15-20 times with the baton. One, maybe 2, good blows to the head, would have sufficed and been much quicker. There is no way that it took 15-20 hard blows with a night stick (to the point that the cats blood spattered on the man's house) was in any way necessary.
Makena

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Nov 25, 2011
This is horrible and the officer should be prosecuted.
ZING

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Nov 25, 2011
Maybe next time the homeowner will be a man and handle his own problems.
Putting down an animal is not a LE issue.
bonnie collins

Charlotte, NC

#10 Nov 25, 2011
it's not enough to taze and pepper spray adults, both innocent protesters and blind people on bikes, now they are beating injured cats to death. what the hell is wrong with this picture?
concernedparent

Atlanta, GA

#11 Nov 25, 2011
The Obvious Solution wrote:
Do you really have to be that brain damaged to be a liberal? I guess it would be much more humane to keep this cat in dying agony for another hour or so to take it to a vet to be humanely put down? Next thing you know these liberal idiots will demand the cat spend yet another hour in agony so they can have a soothing ceremony singing kumbya and waving crystals around!
Great job officer! Now can you please club some of these idiot liberals and put them out of our misery?
Talk about an idiot! You do realize that if an average citizen chose to "euthanize" an animal this way they would actually be arrested for animal cruelty?

Furthermore, the actual definition for euthanize is: "to kill painlessly". Medically it is "The act of putting a person or animal to death painlessly or allowing them to die by withholding medical services". That was not the case here.

Considering the Legal definition is the same I would expect that the PD would announce (not refuse to comment) on the disciplinary actions against the officer. He broke the law, and did so while on duty.

This is not someone I would trust to uphold the law.
KCrozet

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Nov 25, 2011
Absolutely HORRIFIED!
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Nov 25, 2011
Brooke wrote:
Reading through other articles on the incident, it wasn't so much that he used his baton, but that he hit the cat 15-20 times with the baton. One, maybe 2, good blows to the head, would have sufficed and been much quicker. There is no way that it took 15-20 hard blows with a night stick (to the point that the cats blood spattered on the man's house) was in any way necessary.
Well, don't be so hard on him. He was after all required to use DCJS authorized baton strikes. It takes a while to kill something when you can only strike to the arms and legs.
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Nov 25, 2011
Makena wrote:
This is horrible and the officer should be prosecuted.
What's the charge exactly? Putting a critically injured animal out of its misery by clubbing it to death as opposed to taking it to a vet for emergency x-rays ($300); surgery ($1,000) and ultimately euthanization ($200)? Hmmm....let me think about that one. And fyi, it's not all that easy (or safe) to kill a cat with one shot; would it have been better to empty a magazine into Fluffy?
bambam

Crozet, VA

#15 Nov 25, 2011
A real liberal would have veered into another car head on to save the cats life, injurying or killing people first.
History Lesson

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Nov 25, 2011
Of course police spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass declined to say whether the officer was disciplined. They're sitting around the police station laughing about the entire thing. If the lugnut's car was parked just right, they might even have a video to laugh to.

Since: Nov 08

Raleigh, NC

#17 Nov 25, 2011
bonnie collins wrote:
it's not enough to taze and pepper spray adults, both innocent protesters and blind people on bikes, now they are beating injured cats to death. what the hell is wrong with this picture?
Bonnie, get a life and open your eyes. Just how innocent are these protestors? If they for one minute caused your commute to work to be slowed or were sitting in your front yard (private property) you would be screaming for police to do their job. Educate yourself before you make ignorant statements about police brutality spraying and tazing people. All these measures are legally bound standards for dealing with criminals at various levels of force. These jackholes play in traffic and create havoc, none of which is lawful. Next time the police find an injured animal, have them call you and let you foot the vet bill. How's that for spreading the wealth?

Since: Nov 08

Raleigh, NC

#18 Nov 25, 2011
concernedparent wrote:
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Talk about an idiot! You do realize that if an average citizen chose to "euthanize" an animal this way they would actually be arrested for animal cruelty?
Furthermore, the actual definition for euthanize is: "to kill painlessly". Medically it is "The act of putting a person or animal to death painlessly or allowing them to die by withholding medical services". That was not the case here.
Considering the Legal definition is the same I would expect that the PD would announce (not refuse to comment) on the disciplinary actions against the officer. He broke the law, and did so while on duty.
This is not someone I would trust to uphold the law.
Law enforcement shoot deer out of season year round when they find them injured- do you not trust them to uphold the law? Please tell me how shooting a cat in the head is more humane, less dangerous or even less traumatic than hitting them with a baton? Lord help that officer if he had decided to shoot it and there was a ricochet, all the while the animal is suffering. That moron citizen should have done something himself- either take it to the vet and take care of the bill yourself if you're so concerned or let law enforceent do the job you are unable to.
mike

Fincastle, VA

#19 Nov 25, 2011
the officer should had taken it to a vet not beat it to death he should be charged in no im not a liberal its common sence to have a vet look at it in its not 200 dollars to put an animal down its 45 here in charlottesville this cop needs to lose his job in if he was afraid of using his gun he should had taken it away to the vet this was uncalled for that cat didnt asked to be hit by a car then be treated like that in no cats cant talk so dont tryin make fun of that u cold hearted idiots
mike

Fincastle, VA

#20 Nov 25, 2011
cville native wrote:
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Law enforcement shoot deer out of season year round when they find them injured- do you not trust them to uphold the law? Please tell me how shooting a cat in the head is more humane, less dangerous or even less traumatic than hitting them with a baton? Lord help that officer if he had decided to shoot it and there was a ricochet, all the while the animal is suffering. That moron citizen should have done something himself- either take it to the vet and take care of the bill yourself if you're so concerned or let law enforceent do the job you are unable to.
ricochet? have u shot a gun before? if u shoot it in the head its going threw the head in the ground n no i wouldnt had done that either a deer is diff its a much bigger animal more to aim at then if u have someone on scene that loves deer meat they can take it home i know i have done that before after an officer shot one in the state can pay for it if they had taken it to the vet they have money stored up not for that occasion but they have money i hate cold hearted people

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