Astute readers may notice that I linked to this particular Kinship Circle alert several weeks ago as part of my weekly link roundup. Even so, since this shooting occurred in Raymore, Missouri – i.e., in my neck of the woods – I formatted and posted the alert in full on the KC Freecycle blog, and figured I may as well repost it here as well.
This is just one of several animal cruelty cases highlighted by Kinship Circle in the past month; see also:
If you choose to contact officials in any of these cases, feel free to append this animal abuse reference list to your correspondence.
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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 4:36 PM
Subject: Act/ Cop Shoots Deaf, 19-Year-Old Family Cat
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10/10/09: Cop Shoots Deaf, 19-Year-Old Family Cat
Tobey the cat who was shot and killed by Raymore, MO police. (source)
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RAYMORE & CASS COUNTY, MISSOURI OFFICIALS:
info [at] hsmo.org, rmayberry [at] raymore.com, eberlin [at] raymore.com, jfeuerborn [at] raymore.com, jalonzo [at] raymore.com, john.seimears [at] yahoo.com, kkellogg [at] raymore.com, jeffreycox1 [at] comcast.net, mmedsker [at] hotmail.com, councilmanadams [at] yahoo.com, mlewis250 [at] comcast.net, chhubach77 [at] comcast.net, pkerckhoff [at] raymore.com, thensley [at] casscounty.com, hensley [at] casscounty.com
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Dear Humane Society Of Missouri, Cass County and Raymore, Missouri Officials:
I am shocked by the Labor Day 2009 shooting death of the Wesner family’s 19-year-old cat Tobey in Raymore, Missouri I understand a Raymore police officer fired two bullets into the elderly cat’s head, wrapped the body inside a plastic bag and tossed Tobey into a city dumpster.
As you know, Tobey had slipped out of his house and roamed into a nearby garage where a neighbor forced him out with hose spray. Raymore police were summoned to apprehend a “large, vicious, feral cat.” Though Kelly Wesner describes her six-pound cat as declawed, deaf, and on prescription meds — a supervisor directed an officer to “put [the cat] down” in a remote area. Unbelievably, no one involved with the cat’s slaying has been penalized.
I trust that an unbiased internal investigation is underway. If inquiries by the police department and/or Humane Society of Missouri warrant animal cruelty charges, these officers should be prosecuted under Missouri Revised Statues, Chapter 578. Punitive action is reasonable, whether Tobey’s killing stems from malicious intent or stupidity. At the very least, the unprovoked killing of a family’s companion animal denotes police misconduct.
When officers encounter any animal perceived as sick, aggressive, or feral — they should know how to neutralize the animal without resorting to lethal force. I commend Captain Roger Mayberry for arranging such training after Tobey’s death. Officers ought to be able to distinguish anxiety, fear and protective behaviors from genuinely hostile or diseased behavior. If they can’t, an experienced animal control officer needs to make that decision.
Circumstances in the case do not make sense. If police believe Tobey had rabies, why did they destroy his head and discard his remains? Certainly they know that the brain of any potentially rabid animal is preserved for analysis. Moreover, this was not their decision to make. Strays, even those deemed dangerous, are taken to shelters rather than gunned down in fields.
Armed law officers displayed an utter lack of judgment. Their response was inappropriate and demands your utmost attention. Please inform me of any progress in this disturbing case.
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Ave. / St. Louis, MO 63110
HSOM Rescues And Investigations Department: 314-647-4400
fax: 314-647-4317; email: info [at] hsmo.org
web contact form:
Captain Roger Mayberry, Acting Chief of Police
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, Missouri 64083
ph: 816-331-0530; fax: 816-331-0564
email: rmayberry [at] raymore.com
Eric Berlin, Raymore City Manager
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, MO 64083
ph: 816-892-3002; fax: 816-892-3056
email: eberlin [at] raymore.com
Jim Feuerborn, Assistant City Manager
ph: 816-892-3026; fax: 816-892-3056
email: jfeuerborn [at] raymore.com
Juan I. Alonzo, Mayor
109 N. Darrowby / Raymore, MO 64083
ph: 816-331-4504; email: jalonzo [at] raymore.com
Raymore City Council
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, MO 64083
John Seimears, Ward 1 Council Member: john.seimears [at] yahoo.com
Kevin Kellogg, Ward 1 Council Member: kkellogg [at] raymore.com
Jeff Cox, Ward 2 Council Member: jeffreycox1 [at] comcast.net
Mike Medsker, Ward 2 Council Member: mmedsker [at] hotmail.com
Jeffrey Adams, Ward 3 Council Member: councilmanadams [at] yahoo.com
Monique Lewis, Ward 3 Council Member: mlewis250 [at] comcast.net
Charlene Hubach, Ward 4 Council Member: chhubach77 [at] comcast.net
Peter Kerckhoff, Ward 4 Council Member: pkerckhoff [at] raymore.com
Teresa Hensley, Cass County Prosecuting Attorney
Cass County Justice Center
2501 W. Wall Street, 2nd Floor / Harrisonville, MO 64701
ph: 816-380-8250; fax: 816-380-8252
email: thensley [at] casscounty.com, hensley [at] casscounty.com
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Kinship Circle member Carol McCormick
EndCruelty [at] aol.com
Raymore, Mo., police shooting of cat investigated
Raymore police mistakenly kill family cat
Additional information from Kinship Circle Investigative Researcher
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