Feral Friends and Cat Killers
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Cats at Feral Friends
Good morning everyone. It is with great distress that I have to write this story about Feral Friends of Greene County(Tennessee) and cat killers. I had hoped the abuse stories would stop for awhile but I guess I was wrong.
Feral Friends is a non-profit group that feeds between 350 and 450 cats each day on a 34 acre acre cat sanctuary run by Robin Quillen. Their food bill monthly is $2000 and their sanctuary boasts several safe house barns that shelter 275 cats.
Their goal is the TNR as many cats as they can catch.
Late last month three male juveniles decided to go on a killing spree at the sanctuary. They came onto the property with bows and arrows, pellet guns and rifles and shot 14 cats who were in one of the safe barns. Only two of the cats survived and their injuries include lost eyes.
Reports say the three had been on a six hour killing spree before a neighbor finally reported the gunshots and the police arrived. Below is a video that appeared on WBIR news.
This crime was caught on videotape. There had been burglaries in the area in recent months and Robin had installed video cameras as a precaution.
Greene County sheriff's detectives told Robin the charge comes with a 1 to 6 year sentence. All three cat killers have been identified and charged with felony cruelty to animals. I, for one, don't believe a harsh sentence will happen. At least not with these charges.
By the time the case is tried in April or May I expect there will be some plea bargaining. Probably a fine and community service. After all, these are misguided young people. They don't deserve jail time for what they did. I hope you can sense my sarcasm here.
Yes, I believe the three will get off with a slap on the wrist this time. Perhaps when they make it back to jail on criminal domestic violence or assault and battery charges the judges in Greene County will do something.
I don't mean to call the judges there stupid. I'll save that until I see what they do with the case once it goes to court. All I'll say is if these juvenile's were brave enough to go onto private property and kill not just one breathing animal but 12, they aren't afraid of much. So I doubt if the threat of jail time scares them.
I'm including this link to the judges of Greene County, Tennessee. Please feel free to call them and tell them what you think should be done to these three teens.
You can also send the judges a link to the first article I wrote emphasizing the chances of a teen animal killer turning into an adult people killer. Kids Killing Cats
You may call me unfeeling towards these three juvenile's, but I've had about all I can stand of teens being let off easy for crimes against animals. WHY do they keep getting off with little or no punishment? Would someone PLEASE explain that to me? This just leads to more teens committing more crimes because they don't fear the legal system.
I'm going to follow this case. I can just about guarantee you another article in a couple of months that will enrage the readers more than this article. I believe the three will walk out of court with a group smirk on their face.
Meanwhile, Feral Friends of Greene County are in need of monetary donations. Not only to help with cat food and TNR, but with vet bills the two injured cats fortunate enough to survive are running up.
Robin Quillen can be reached at (423) 639-7353. There's also a PayPal donate button here.
Please help these cats if you have a few dollars to spare.