Police in Raymore, Missouri have a curious way to recovering missing pets. When 19-year-old Tobey disappeared on Labor Day, she was eventually found by a police officer. However, since it did not have a tag, the dispatcher ordered the officer to take the cat directly to a field and “put him down.”
The officer took Tobey to a field and shot him twice in the head. The cat was then thrown into a bag and dumped in the trash.
Police insist that they believe the cat might be diseased or feral.
Tobey was without claws and weighed only 6 pounds.
City Manager Eric Berlin told the mayor and council members that the city might want to review its policy on euthanizing animals. That might be a good idea. Most modern cities do not carry out such procedures in nearby fields with firing squads.
Police chief Roger Mayberry wrote to the owners that “[a]s for the final disposition of your pet, let me say that I, too, would have preferred a different method.”
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