Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Pet Rescue

Tennessee elementary school teacher charged with animal cruelty for shooting cat

See also

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 wsmv.com.

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.

If you would like to continue receiving the latest news on pet issues and how we can help those who cannot speak, please click the "Subscribe" icon.

Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook by clicking here. Please visit and "like" my page. You are welcome to submit story ideas by contacting me at cdhanna9703@aol.com.

Rest in peace Carley.

Advertisement

Life

  • Johnny Manziel
    Should Johnny Manziel apologize for his hard partying over the offseason?
    Today's Buzz
  • Crop circles
    Similar crop circles appeared in Germany and England within days of each other
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Advanced placement
    The AP program is gaining traction as a key component in college admissions
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Camera
    Beach Hats
  • Expectations for ministry
    Pastor preaches to newly ordained ministers about expectations for ministry
    Camera
    6 Photos
  • Medical symptoms
    See which symptoms should cause you to seek a doctor’s attention right away
    Camera
    6 Photos