Cat owner Bobbi Anthony wants criminal charges filed against the police officer in Pleasant Grove, Utah that abandoned her cat in the mountains east of town instead of taking it to the animal shelter. The department admits that one of their own officers dumped “Scared Cat” in Grove Canyon. Anthony had five cats and two dogs, all strays she adopted and gave a good home. But three of her cats have vanished in the past two weeks.
Anthony said a police officer came to her home and told her that another officer had dropped her cat off in Grove Canyon. She spent two full days searching the canyon, but there was no sign of her pet. “I’ve looked through the ravine. There is a lot of drain off through here,” Anthony said as she hiked the steep mountain trail. “I don’t know what direction the cat would have went. All I had was directions from the sergeant that this is where the officer dumped the cat.”
The Pleasant Grove police have disciplined the officer for violating department policy. But according to Humane Society of Utah Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt, the officer’s actions did more than just displace Bobbi Anthony’s pet cat. “They are in violation of state law; it’s abandonment and they need to hold the animal for 72 hours and so they should be following the laws of the state of Utah.”
The Humane Society wants an independent investigation to determine if other pets have been dumped in the wilderness. They said abandoned cats don’t live long in the Utah mountains because of the cold temperatures and predators.
Anthony said she hired an attorney for possible civil charges and wants the Utah County Attorney to file criminal charges against the officer. “More than anything else I want my cats back. I want answers and I want somebody to answer for what happened,” she said.
Source: ABC4 News