Cop Shoots Deaf, 19-Year-Old Family Cat in Raymore, Missouri

October 25th, 2009 6:58 pm by Kelly G.

Please take a moment to read through the following Kinship Circle alert and contact Raymore officials if you feel as outraged as I do.

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Tobey the cat who was shot and killed by Raymore, MO police. (source)

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RAYMORE & CASS COUNTY, MISSOURI OFFICIALS:

info [at] hsmo.org, rmayberry [at] raymore.com, eberlin [at] raymore.com, jfeuerborn [at] raymore.com, jalonzo [at] raymore.com, john.seimears [at] yahoo.com, kkellogg [at] raymore.com, jeffreycox1 [at] comcast.net, mmedsker [at] hotmail.com, councilmanadams [at] yahoo.com, mlewis250 [at] comcast.net, chhubach77 [at] comcast.net, pkerckhoff [at] raymore.com, thensley [at] casscounty.com, hensley [at] casscounty.com

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Dear Humane Society Of Missouri, Cass County and Raymore, Missouri Officials:

I am shocked by the Labor Day 2009 shooting death of the Wesner family’s 19-year-old cat Tobey in Raymore, Missouri I understand a Raymore police officer fired two bullets into the elderly cat’s head, wrapped the body inside a plastic bag and tossed Tobey into a city dumpster.

As you know, Tobey had slipped out of his house and roamed into a nearby garage where a neighbor forced him out with hose spray. Raymore police were summoned to apprehend a “large, vicious, feral cat.” Though Kelly Wesner describes her six-pound cat as declawed, deaf, and on prescription meds — a supervisor directed an officer to “put [the cat] down” in a remote area. Unbelievably, no one involved with the cat’s slaying has been penalized.

I trust that an unbiased internal investigation is underway. If inquiries by the police department and/or Humane Society of Missouri warrant animal cruelty charges, these officers should be prosecuted under Missouri Revised Statues, Chapter 578. Punitive action is reasonable, whether Tobey’s killing stems from malicious intent or stupidity. At the very least, the unprovoked killing of a family’s companion animal denotes police misconduct.

When officers encounter any animal perceived as sick, aggressive, or feral — they should know how to neutralize the animal without resorting to lethal force. I commend Captain Roger Mayberry for arranging such training after Tobey’s death. Officers ought to be able to distinguish anxiety, fear and protective behaviors from genuinely hostile or diseased behavior. If they can’t, an experienced animal control officer needs to make that decision.

Circumstances in the case do not make sense. If police believe Tobey had rabies, why did they destroy his head and discard his remains? Certainly they know that the brain of any potentially rabid animal is preserved for analysis. Moreover, this was not their decision to make. Strays, even those deemed dangerous, are taken to shelters rather than gunned down in fields.

Armed law officers displayed an utter lack of judgment. Their response was inappropriate and demands your utmost attention. Please inform me of any progress in this disturbing case.

Thank you,

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Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Ave. / St. Louis, MO 63110
HSOM Rescues And Investigations Department: 314-647-4400
fax: 314-647-4317; email: info [at] hsmo.org
web contact form:

http://hsmo.convio.net/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&

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Captain Roger Mayberry, Acting Chief of Police
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, Missouri 64083
ph: 816-331-0530; fax: 816-331-0564
email: rmayberry [at] raymore.com

Eric Berlin, Raymore City Manager
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, MO 64083
ph: 816-892-3002; fax: 816-892-3056
email: eberlin [at] raymore.com

Jim Feuerborn, Assistant City Manager
ph: 816-892-3026; fax: 816-892-3056
email: jfeuerborn [at] raymore.com

Juan I. Alonzo, Mayor
109 N. Darrowby / Raymore, MO 64083
ph: 816-331-4504; email: jalonzo [at] raymore.com

Raymore City Council
100 Municipal Circle / Raymore, MO 64083
John Seimears, Ward 1 Council Member: john.seimears [at] yahoo.com
Kevin Kellogg, Ward 1 Council Member: kkellogg [at] raymore.com
Jeff Cox, Ward 2 Council Member: jeffreycox1 [at] comcast.net
Mike Medsker, Ward 2 Council Member: mmedsker [at] hotmail.com
Jeffrey Adams, Ward 3 Council Member: councilmanadams [at] yahoo.com
Monique Lewis, Ward 3 Council Member: mlewis250 [at] comcast.net
Charlene Hubach, Ward 4 Council Member: chhubach77 [at] comcast.net
Peter Kerckhoff, Ward 4 Council Member: pkerckhoff [at] raymore.com

Teresa Hensley, Cass County Prosecuting Attorney
Cass County Justice Center
2501 W. Wall Street, 2nd Floor / Harrisonville, MO 64701
ph: 816-380-8250; fax: 816-380-8252
email: thensley [at] casscounty.com, hensley [at] casscounty.com

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Kinship Circle member Carol McCormick
EndCruelty [at] aol.com

Raymore, Mo., police shooting of cat investigated

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifestyle/stories.nsf/pets/story/F3FC4DE15FD1E0738625762F008251C3?OpenDocument

Raymore police mistakenly kill family cat

http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/1437680.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_sub

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2 Responses to “Cop Shoots Deaf, 19-Year-Old Family Cat in Raymore, Missouri”

  1. Luke Thomas Says:

    I got so angry over this incident I started my own Petition.

    http://www.change.org/actions/view/raymore_mo_officer_shoots_helpless_deaf_19_year_old_cat_stuffs_in_trash_bag

    TO MISSOURI HUMANE SOCIETY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN RAYMORE, MO.: I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU:

    As you know on Labor day 2009, Tobey the cat was shot by Raymore MO police officers. Twice. Why twice? Most likely the first bullet didn’t quite finish the job and the cat was writhing in agony. What other reason to shoot a helpless cat TWICE? NOT ONLY DID THE CAT SUFFER BUT IT WAS ALSO MUTILATED BY THE BULLETS-Tobey’s brain was splattered all over the dirt. Then thrown in the trash like garbage. So you have animal cruelty including mutilation.

    I have a question for you: Why should police be above the law, and why is it that shooting a helpless, frail (only 6 pounds), declawed, toothless, deaf cat in the head twice not considered animal cruelty?? I seriously want to know because I don’t understand. Does this mean it is okay for police to shoot wandering cats for target practice?

    And why is filing a false police report tolerated?? The cat was not
    large like the report alleged, and the cat was declawed so all four
    extremities did NOT have claws extended. This is LYING. Or does truth
    mean anything in a legal document anymore.

    Further it is disgusting they picked up the mangled cat and threw Tobey in the garbage like TRASH and told the family where to pick up their dead cat.

    “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” –ALBERT EINSTEIN

    “And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up..” Charles Dickens.

  2. Teresa Gennett Says:

    THAT’S OUTRANGE ABOUT COP SHOT AND KILLED FAMILY PET!! EVEN HE HAS NO CLAWS!! STUPID COP!!! PLUS IT’S NEIGHBOR’S FAULT ABOUT THAT NOT THE OWNER BEC CAT JUST HAPPENED TO SLIP OUTSIDE THATS WHY!! BUT KILLIMG 19 YRS. OLD CAT WHICH IT’S *SENIOR CITIZEN CAT*!!!
    THE COP SHOULD BE PUNISH FOR THIS!!