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Unread 05-30-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Angry State Trooper shoots helpless kitten

Some of you may have heard about this already. Seems like the state police troopers are just above the law to shoot an innocent helpless kitten with a handgun.

You might find this distressing to read and may feel just as sickened and angry as I am.

This state trooper better have house protection from vengeful cat lovers, who might want his blood for this crawl act against animals.

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A state trooper who wanted to stop animals from climbing on his vehicles trapped his neighbor’s 5-month-old kitten and shot it to death after it hissed and scratched his hand.

Former Trooper Shawn C. Houston was charged in October with cruelty to animals and injury to real property, both misdemeanors, according to court records. The Highway Patrol dismissed him in January.

Houston, 39, declined to discuss his firing this week. But in an appeal to his dismissal filed May 10, the former trooper claims he was treated unfairly and that he deserves his job back.

The court filing says Houston was bothered by something climbing on vehicles parked at his home in Granite Falls, about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte.

The trooper, who said he was concerned for the safety of his three young sons, baited a steel trap with ham and captured a small domestic cat. When Houston tried to remove the intruder, which did not have tags, it scratched him, according to his appeal. Then he killed it.

“The Petitioner did not know if the cat had rabies or any other disease,” the summary filed by Houston says. “The cat was hissing and growling at Petitioner and Petitioner shot the cat.”

Next-door neighbor Andrea Evans said the cat’s name was Rowdy. The kitten, which was mostly white and orange, was a birthday present to her son.

Evans said that Rowdy could be a little mischievous, as kittens sometimes are. But the trooper’s tale of a wild and scary beast doesn’t square with the demeanor of her family’s kitten, she said.

After Rowdy didn’t come home, the Evans family made the rounds of the neighborhood to see whether anyone had seen him. When she learned what Houston had done, Evans spoke with a county magistrate, who issued a criminal summons against the trooper on the two misdemeanor charges. The value of the Evans family’s “injured real property” was estimated at less than $200, according to court records.

Evans testified against the trooper at his December trial.

Records show District Court Judge Carlton Terry Jr. granted Houston a prayer for judgment continued ruling, a legal finding of guilt that does not impose any penalty. The trooper paid $125 in court costs.

The N.C. Highway Patrol dismissed Houston on Jan. 22, according to state records.

A hearing on Houston’s appeal is tentatively scheduled for August.




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Well OF COURSE the kitten hissed and growled, it was frightened!!!! Someone should put that ass_ _ _ _ in a trap and throw the trap overboard in the ocean and let him drown. Or maybe let him "accidently" shoot himself with his own gun.
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^^ I like your thinking
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