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Investigation demanded regarding officer who killed pet cat

A T-shirt campaign was launched on behalf of Larry.
A T-shirt campaign was launched on behalf of Larry.
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In response to a Bloomfield, Neb. police officer who shot and killed a resident’s pet cat named Larry in January, four animal protection groups are demanding an investigation. According to a recent press release by Alley Cat Allies, the groups have submitted letters to the Knox County, Neb. attorney general, as well as the attorney general for the state of Nebraska and the state patrol patrol.

The letters are co-signed by national organizations Alley Cat Allies and Best Friends Animal Society. Two Nebraska nonprofits have also joined. They are the National Rescue Council, which represents 85 shelters and rescues across the state, and The Cat House, a nonprofit no-kill shelter and adoption center located in Lincoln, Neb.

Alley Cat Allies reported receiving more than 30,000 signatures in response to their online petition demanding justice for Larry.

“Numerous state and local laws have been violated,” says Becky Robinson, founder and president of Alley Cat Allies. “Yet the officer has not been charged with a crime or reprimanded beyond a written statement. It is outrageous that his egregious actions have not been punished.”

According to the letter submitted to state and county authorities, the day that Larry went missing, his family searched the surrounding area desperately. It was later brought to light that Larry had been trapped by police, and a police officer fatally shot him and discarded his body in a salvage yard. Soon after, the owners retrieved Larry’s body from the yard.

State and local laws in question include animal cruelty laws, laws governing the disposition of dead animals and animal control ordinances governing owner notification and impoundment of stray animals.

“The fact that these laws were broken by a law enforcement officer is reprehensible,” said Robinson. “Bloomfield’s failure to adequately address these violations represents a serious threat to the safety of Bloomfield citizens. Nebraska citizens should be able to depend on their police officers to uphold the law.”

Alley Cat Allies has scheduled a meeting with the mayor of Bloomfield, Neb. in April to discuss humane programs for the city, including Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats, and has offered humane training for city staff and law enforcement.

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