Former Trooper Shawn C. Houston is seeking reinstatement in his job after he trapped Rowdy, his neighbor’s cat and then shot it.
Houston, 39, has been charged with two misdemeanors for cruelty to animals and injury to real property.
Houston was reportedly upset that an animal was climbing on cars parked at this home
The court filing says Houston was bothered by something climbing on vehicles parked at his home in North Carolina and that the “unknown animal” jumped out at him one night. He says that he was trying to protect his young sons when he caught the five-month-old kitten a baited steel trap and killed it.
The owner Andrea Evans said the kitten was a birthday present to her son. When she learned of Houston’s actions, she complained to the police but she was told that they would not do anything. She then went to the county magistrate, who issued a criminal summons against the trooper on the two misdemeanor charges. She insisted that Houston’s sons played with Rowdy and that she does not believe the story of an attack by an unknown animal. She also says that Houston has never apologized to her family.
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