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Tennessee elementary school teacher charged with animal cruelty for shooting cat

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Katherine Duke, 41, a fourth grade teacher at the Wilson Elementary School in Murfreesboro, faces aggravated animal cruelty charges after allegedly shooting a neighbor's cat last Thursday because the animal had been using the children's play sandbox as a litter box reported

Donna Croney, the owner of the cat named Carley, told authorities she had let the cat out in the afternoon, and one hour later, when her husband returned, Carley ran into the garage leaving a trail of blood.

A trip to the veterinarian described the fatal wound to the cat's liver, and Carley was humanely euthanized due to extensive injuries. The cat had been shot with a .17 pellet gun.

Duke allegedly admitted to having shot the cat stating she was tired of the cat using the sandbox as her litter box. Croney stated that Duke could have just reported what her cat had been doing in the sandbox to her, and she would have acted accordingly to keep her cat away.

Duke has been on medical leave from teaching school since October. A court date has been set for early March.

Duke was booked into the Rutherford County Jail. Bond was set at $2,250.

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Rest in peace Carley.