Owner Ties Up Cat To Rest and Wait for Him - Animal Cruelty?
By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Scratchpad Blog Series
Today in the news, a 19-year old boy was tried for animal cruelty after tying his cat to a rock halfway through a run. But, could what he did really be called abuse?
Seth Franco and his cat, Stella, found each other last October before he had graduated. He was strolling about his high school when he saw something in the distance. As he got closer, he realized it was a little kitten.
Said Seth, “She was tied up to a tree behind Boulder High School with a note that said, ‘I need a new home,’” His heart ached for her. He couldn't leave her there another minute. Deciding it was fate, he took her home and ever since then, they have stuck to each other like glue! They do everything together and are essentially inseparable - Stella even comes with him on his jogs!
Adorable, right? However, one day this routine did present a problem.
As he started out his usual jog, Stella was running at a good pace, but then she started to get a little tired. “She ran about 45 percent of the way and then it was so hot she started panting real bad,” said Franco.
Franco wanted to finish his jog, but he didn’t want to make his cat do more than she could or leave her behind and risk her wandering off and getting lost. So he tied her to a rock in the park to rest and wait for him while he finished up.
After he left however, passers-by saw the little kitty and became really upset. In fact, they called the police! By the time Franco returned to Stella, there was an angry mob awaiting him.
“They were yelling at me. Telling me I abuse my animal.” said Franco.
Some people said they saw crows attacking the cat, and that’s why they called the police. In the end, Franco was issued a ticket for animal cruelty.
What do you think about this?
Was it animal cruelty?
Why or why not?