| Sunday, January 09, 2005
|TWO CHARGED WITH KILLING STRAY CAT
ON BOSS ORDERS
EVANSVILLE, Ind -- Two Wal-Mart employees have
been charged with felony animal cruelty after
police said they followed a manager's orders
to shoot and kill a stray cat.
The men, both assistant managers at the Supercenter,
were arrested and released after a court appearance
Wednesday. Christopher Anderson, 29, and Jeffrey
Hardin, 21, told police that the store's manager
ordered them to get rid of the animal that was
living in a storage trailer behind their store.
Anderson and Hardin repeatedly shot the cat with
a pellet gun from the store until it died the
following day, a Vanderburgh County Sheriff's
Department report said.
All three where fired Thursday following an internal
investigation, according to a Wal-Mart news release.
"We were sickened by this cruelty", Kevin Miller,
regional vice rpesident for the Arkansas based
The company also plans to split a %10,000 donation
between the Vanderbaugh County and Warrick County
Humane Society in Indiana, the release said.
"This kind of action is completely inconsistent
with the way we do business," said Wal-Mart
spokeswoman Sharon Weber.
A truck driver who reported tne incident said he
saw store employees placing what he thouhgt to be
a dead animal in shrink wrap a day after he heard
workers joking about shooting the cat.
Store manager Darrel Weitzel told polic that he
told some of his employees to get a gun and get
rid of the cat after attempts to coax it from
the trailer failed, according to a police report.
A hearing for Anderson and Hardin was set for
(Abstracted from CHICAGOTRIB/Associated Press)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 11:42 PM