A man was charged with animal abuse for leashing his cat to a rock! Boulder High School senior, Seth Franco, decided to go for a jog with his rescued cat, Stella, around a lake in Lafayette, Colorado. Stella wasn't interested so Franco tied her leash to a rock and finished his run. Meanwhile, a passer-by called police claiming Stella was being "attacked" by birds! Animal Control officers responded and found Franco retrieving his cat. They ticketed him for "domestic animal cruel treatment" because, according to Lafayette police Sgt. Fred Palmer, "Our ordinance prohibits that kind of tethering." Are they kidding? If it was a dog, would there still be charges? Another case of laws run amok.
Franco actually rescued Stella a year ago when he discovered her tied up behind his high school with a note attached to her that read, "I need a new home.""I'm more of a dog person but this cat is so cool that I just took her in and take care of her. I love her," Franco said. He says that no birds were attacking her but some crows were crowing at her and some people scared the birds off. When he returned to get her, he says people were yelling at him for leaving her, in the shade, while he went running. Animal Control released Stella to Franco. Hopefully, this ridiculous animal abuse case will be thrown out in May when Franco has to go to court.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012