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TO NATIONAL EDITORS:

Police Officer Admits to Shooting and Killing Pet Cat--Alley Cat

Allies Calls on Bloomfield, Nebraska to Take Action

BETHESDA, Md., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat

Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the

protection and humane treatment of cats, today called for city leaders

in Bloomfield, Neb. to reevaluate their policies for cats after a

police officer unlawfully shot and killed a trapped pet cat. City

officials fail to enforce existing state and local laws regarding

animals.

The case involves a Bloomfield police officer, who admitted that on

January 21, he trapped Larry, a two-year-old neutered cat who belonged

to a local resident, shot him immediately and dumped his body behind a

city maintenance shed.

"The Officer openly admitted this series of events took place, and was

given a mere written warning. In other words, a sworn law enforcement

officer received a slap on the wrist for violating several laws-that

is unconscionable," said Becky Robinson, president and founder of

Alley Cat Allies.

Local ordinances and state laws broken include Bloomfield

ordinance section 6-112, which requires that captured and impounded

dogs and cats should be "treated in a humane manner" and "kept and

maintained at the pound for a period" of three to five days. According

to local residents, this law is routinely violated, Robinson said.

Additional local and state laws broken by the Officer's action:

-- Bloomfield ordinance section 6-106-states that owners of cats and

dogs found outside "shall be notified in writing by the Police

Department of their violation," meaning Larry should have been

impounded and the owners notified that he was at large.

-- Bloomfield ordinance section 6-107-authorizes the killing by

officers of dogs and cats whose "capture is impossible." Because the

Officer was able to trap Larry, clearly capture was not "impossible,"

and the killing was not authorized.

-- Nebraska State Law R.R.S. Neb. section 28-1009, which states that

"a person who cruelly mistreats an animal is guilty of a Class I

misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class IV felony for any

subsequent offense;" and defines cruel mistreatment as "knowingly and

intentionally kill[ing], maim[ing], disfigure[ing]," and otherwise

harming an animal.

"Laws that protect animals are on the books for a reason," said

Robinson. "They reflect our values as a society-and it is crucial

that they are upheld. The fact that a police officer could so

blatantly ignore the law is very disturbing and should be a huge red

flag for residents and city officials."

Alley Cat Allies has reached out to town officials and asked for a

meeting to develop proper policy and programs to ensure laws are

followed-and to provide educational training for staff and police.

About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated

to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today

Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps

tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save

and improve the lives of cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is

www.alleycat.org.

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Becky Robinson - http://www.profnetconnect.com/becky\_robinson

SOURCE Alley Cat Allies

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/CONTACT: Johnnie Simpson, Media@alleycat.org, (240) 482-3895, or Francie Israeli, Fisraeli@kellenadams.com, (202) 207-1134

/Web Site: https://www.alleycat.org

CO: Alley Cat Allies

ST: Nebraska Maryland

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