Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Batavia—Where the Biggest Crime is Catnapping

Batavia—Where the Biggest Crime is Catnapping as a headline was too good for me to pass up. The Daily Herald reported this story the other day.

Seems a neighbor lady got fed up by Linus the cat doing catly things like killing birds and chipmunks. According to other neighbors, this female vigilante confessed to them that she had trapped Linus with a can of tuna and took him to a park for release.

Batavia’s deputy police chief said, “I can’t recall anything quite like this. We’ve had issues where pets come up missing, but this has a bit of a twist.”

Apparently this tension has been brewing ever since Linus moved into the neighborhood and his owner said someone had even posted a sign on their door warning them to keep the cat inside.

The catnapper will be arrested, but Linus is still missing.

The point of my post. I don't really know. Just struck me as an indication of how easily little things can get under a person's skin.


Jay Croft said...

If a cat wanders onto one's own property, and has no identification such as a collar and tag, I would think that it would not be a violation of any law to trap it and release it.

You have a law degree and I don't, so I defer to your wisdom.

Sheila said...

This story was in all the local papers--a clear indication that I must live in a relatively safe area. Actually, the crime scene is a street over from me.

Legal issues aside, I was more interested in the psychological aspects of the story.

Jay Croft said...

Just the other day a fly wandered into the Oval Office, and the Commander in Chief pounced on it and killed it.

Apparently the fly had sneaked past all the security safeguards and was attacking the C-in-C.

So, if a cat wanders into your yard . . . .

Palm Springs Savant said...

I find it really disturbing actually. If an animal is truly a disturbance, it can be captured humanely and brought to the animal rescue, where it will be cared for in a safe place for someone to claim it. I hate the idea of the poor cat lost and scared in a strange area. If I lived near that woman I don't know what I would do but I would have choice words with her!

Sheila said...

I have missed so many good posts. My boss is a numerologist in addition to leading a successful nonprofit. And she truly believes in the asking and you shall receive idea.

I am reading Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and she writes about synchronicity or serendipity if you will. I just have to figure out the what to ask for part first.

Marion said...

I'm glad you're reading "The Artist's Way...it jumpstarted me hugely many years ago. As a matter of fact, I sent the book to a couple of people for Christmas. Life seemed somewhat easier after I'd read Cameron's books.

I hope the cat has been found by now. I would like to take the catnapper and dispense some real justice...can you imagine that kitty all alone out there in that park!