who would do that to there cat

United States
December 2, 2006 3:26am CST
A trail of blood led police to two suspects who allegedly beat a family car and dragged the animal behind a vehicle in Didsbury. The cat's injuries were so severe; a veterinarian called to the scene had to euthanize the animal on the spot. "This was definitely, in my 10 years of policing, the most horrendous act I've seen against an animal," said Cpl. Kevin Fischer of the RCMP in Didsbury, 90 kilometers north of Calgary. A couple found the female cat cross lying in the street near Ross Ford Elementary School in the northwest corner of town early Sunday. Their frantic phone call woke Dr. Jack Pepper, a veterinarian at the Krebs clinic in Didsbury, who went to the scene. The cat's legs were bound together with duct tape and there was a towrope around its neck. Its head was wrapped in a bag. "There was blood everywhere," said Mencarelli. The cat was able to lift its head, but in too much shock to make any sound, he said. When Mencarelli lifted the cat to the back of his truck to euthanize it, the true extent of the animal's injuries became apparent. "This cat was just broken," he said, adding its neck, pelvis, back and skull were fractured. Investigators believe the six- or seven-year-old cat endured a beating prior to being tied up and hitched to a vehicle. "Indications are the cat was dragged behind a vehicle," Fischer said. , tattoos or obvious identification, but police officers followed a trail of blood to a local home. Police have laid charges against two teenagers, but Fischer said Wednesday, they are no closer to learning a motive for the crime. "There is nothing, at this point," he said. Daniel Charles Haskett, 19, o f Didsbury has been charged under the Criminal Code with injuring/endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He is also charged with obstructing police. A 17-year-old male, whose identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with injuring/endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. For adult offenders, each of the animal cruelty charges has a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine or six months in jail -- or both. The case is also being investigated by the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A conviction under the province's Animal Protection Act can carry a maximum penalty of a $20,000 fine and a lifetime ban from owning animals, but an official said no further charges are being
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