Update: After being placed on
administrative leave, Officer J.N. Snoddy was convicted of one count of
misdemeanor cruelty to animals and fined.

The original post ran on December 15, 2011:

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When Harrisonburg, Virginia, police
officer J.N. Snoddy was dispatched to render emergency aid to a cat who had
been hit by a car and was partially paralyzed, he apparently decided that,
instead of promptly and speedily driving the injured animal to the nearest
emergency veterinary hospital (just 30 minutes away), he would instead beat the
animal to death
with his police-issued baton.

Good Samaritan and eyewitness Wayne
Meadows, who originally called to get help for the injured cat, was so
horrified by the officer’s alleged conduct that he vowed to publicize what had happened
and make sure that no animal would ever be beaten and killed like that again.

Meadows called news outlets and
contacted PETA to share what he witnessed. Thanks to his actions, which prompted
a letter from PETA to
officials and enormous public outcry, the Virginia State Police
have launched a criminal investigation into Snoddy’s alleged conduct.

This case shows the power of one
individual to bring about justice for animals. With an investigation now underway,
PETA is hopeful that the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) will take us up
on our offer to provide free training to all field staff in the humane and
legal handling of animal emergencies. HPD is also being pressured to establish
standard operating procedures for officers who evidently can’t always be trusted
to use good judgment in animal-related cases.

If you ever witness cruelty to animals, and
authorities don’t do their job, don’t hesitate to contact PETA for help.

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Article source: PETA Files

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