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Cop destroys family's cat with a shotgun after neighbor calls 911 for help rescuing it, then tells residents to clean up the gory mess

Animal cruelty

(NaturalNews) The Newhart family of North Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, rescued a kitten just six years ago, bottle-feeding the small feline back to health. The Newharts named the kitten Sugar and took good care of their newly adopted kitten. Like many American families, the Newharts loved their animal and cared for it like it was one of their own family.

Flash forward to December 2015. Just in time for Christmas, after a neighbor called the police, a violent police officer arrived five houses down from where the Newharts lived. Armed with a badge and a shotgun, the officer showed no discretion, thinking he was the judge, jury and executioner of the lost cat. After prodding the cat and making no effort to rescue it, he decided to shoot the feline with his shotgun. When the officer was finished with his unspeakable act of cruelty, he instructed the neighbors to clean up the gory mess.

Officer takes family cat out with no remorse

The officer was dispatched to the neighbor's yard because the neighbor had placed a 911 call, asking for help in rescuing a lost cat. That cat was named Sugar and his family lived just five houses down. When the cop arrived at the scene, none of this mattered. Instead of trying to capture the lost cat and find its owner, the cop decided to unleash a hail of gunfire.

Neighbor Mike Lienert was having a hard time rescuing the cat and had no idea that police were going to come in with guns to put the animal down. When did peace officers turn into radical, mentally-deranged extremists, with no discretion? When did they become judge, jury, and executioner to lost, defenseless cats?

When caretaker Tom Newhart heard what had happened, he was grief stricken. "It's like one of your children, you raised them, bottle fed them," said Tom Newhart, tearing up as he spoke with reporters.

According to neighbor Mike Lienert, the officer was prepared to put the cat down when he arrived. The officer told Lienert that it's "not politically correct, but if it's injured we will put it down." What does political correctness have to do with killing lost animals? It's hard to understand what might have been going through the officer's head when he arrived that day ready to shoot.

Sadly, all the concerned neighbor could do was stand by and watch, as the mentally-deranged officer with a shotgun approached the cat and prodded it aggressively. As Sugar hissed back at the officer, he decided he'd have himself a little target practice session.

He could have done the right thing – grabbed a pair of gloves, put the cat in a cage, found the owners, or a veterinarian, but he decided to be the executioner, right there on the spot.

Veterinarian determines medically that officer was not justified in the killing

When the Newhart family recovered Sugar's torn-up body, they took him in to the veterinarian for X-rays to determine whether the officer was justified in the killing. The vet determined that Sugar was completely fine before he was shot, and could have been safely returned to the Newharts. The vet determined that the officer was not justified in the bizarre shooting of a small, defenseless cat.

There were "No lacerations, no blood, other than [the] neck wound on [the] body," said Tom Newhart. "This guy doesn't deserve the badge he wears, and should be fired immediately and held accountable," Newhart proclaimed in a Facebook post.

The local animal shelter states that the officer's actions could be considered animal cruelty. Newhart writes, "Police Chief Moyer of North Catty is aware of the incident and isn't doing anything."

For those disgusted by this senseless killing of the Newhart's family pet, Sugar, please contact the Catasauqua Boro Hall at (610) 264-1504 to voice your concerns.

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