Letter Writer Agrees on Cat Gun Death
A letter to the editor in today's Herald echos my view:
Re the June 29 story Cat's end violent, but not illegal: I can't believe that a jury would accept a medical diagnosis of a defense attorney over that of a veterinarian, who said a 13-year-old cat suffered from mange and a treatable heart condition. Where was the medical proof that the cat was ''near death'' or couldn't be cured?
A critter suffering from mange has been neglected. How did Michael Stueve, his neighbors and jury not recognize that a pet's health is a responsibility? It's possible that Stueve, who didn't show respect enough to take Mama Kitty to a vet for a diagnosis before killing her, wanted to save the cost and emotional effort this would involve.
Whatever led to Stueve's acquittal, his story sends a disturbing message that it's OK to kill pets when they get to be too much trouble.
MARY TRUCHELUT, Wilton Manors