Florida Residents: Demand that Freeport Cat Killer Be Charged with Animal Cruelty
Update: Walton County Sheriff’s Department Seriously Investigated the Case—But There’s More Work to Do
Thank you for letting Walton County officials know that you take animal cruelty seriously and you expect them to as well. Nearly 2,000 Alley Cat Allies supporters in Florida contacted the local Sheriff, and as a result, the Sheriff’s Department seriously investigated the case and referred it to the district attorney. An Alley Cat Allies representative met with the supervisor of investigations and a representative from the district attorney’s office on Sept. 9 and was assured they are taking the case seriously. We continue to watch the situation closely to help ensure that the shooter is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We’ll keep you updated on how you can help!
Please let the Walton County Sheriff and District Attorney know that you take animal cruelty seriously and expect them to as well.
On Aug. 25, a Walton County, Fla., resident fatally shot MommaCat, one of the beloved feral cats a Freeport couple cares for. Despite repeated requests from Alley Cat Allies, the Walton County Sheriff’s Department has not confirmed whether they have informed the man who brutally shot MommaCat that shooting cats is against the law. The Florida State Anti-Cruelty Law makes it clear that shooting a cat is illegal.
We need as many Floridians as possible to demand that Walton County tell the man who killed MommaCat that shooting cats is illegal and charge him with animal cruelty.
The neighbor shot MommaCat twice as one of the caregivers ran toward him begging him to stop. According to police reports, the responding officer asked the shooter “to give the [caregivers] some time to catch the cats before shooting others” and explained to the complainants that “no criminal act was noted.” This response is unacceptable—shooting cats is clearly illegal under Florida’s Anti-Cruelty Law.
There’s no time to waste—the shooter has already threatened to shoot more cats in the area.
Demand justice for MommaCat today—and help ensure that this never happens to another cat in Walton County.
This letter will be sent to Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson and to the office of the District Attorney.
Consider taking action on other issues.