Audio recording of Steven Mishow admitting to shooting neighbors’ cats

This is a follow up page to one I wrote on 3rd December 2017 about Steven Mishow shooting domestic cats belonging to neighbors. One of them was Olivia belonging to Pam Dowell who decided to leave the area as a result. The two others were a semi-feral named Emerald and Pumpkin a neighbour’s cat. Olivia liked to play with Pumpkin (Punky). Punky was also a beloved cat and the neighbor’s daughter was distraught over the cat’s death; ‘folded over in tears crying about her cat Punky and asking WHY, Why did this happen?’

Mishow a cat shooter and killer

Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

In a very rare audio recording you can hear Mishow admitting (1) his hatred of cats and (2) his pride in shooting them. Mishow is speaking to a neighbour who recorded the conversation without Mishow’s knowledge.


Below is another version (MP4) in case the above does not play. It is quieter:


The beginning is difficult to understand and is the voice of Mishow then the neighbour comes in. Mishow’s voice is slightly higher pitched.

“Yeh, I got it right behind the front shoulders. When they run see ya later muther fucker. I will kill every fuckin’ cat I see……That cat I seen about a week ago. Must have been a week. It’s been missing about a week. Shot the fucker. Them fuckers stink so fucking bad. They used to piss in my fucking garage.”


Steve Hanson commenting on the original page wrote:

“Steven shot them in the ass, one cat was paralyzed instantly and he ordered his dog after them which the dog attacked and shook the death right out of them.”

Steven Mishow’s sister Rachel has defended her brother’s behaviour. She says that he didn’t intend to shot the cats dead. He used a pellet gun at a distance (240 yards) and at night she says. But Mishow says he shot the cats deliberately with the obvious intention of killing them.

To compound the admitted crime (he pleaded guilty in court) Mishow ordered his dogs after the cats to finish them off we are told. Pam says she was never able to recover the bodies of the cats. It is believed that they where ‘bagged and carried off to a dump’ the day after initial contact by Pam Dowell with law enforcement.

Pellet gun?

I don’t believe that he used a pellet gun. It was possibly a .22 calibre rifle but that is a guess. Cats often survive pellet gun shootings even when hit multiple times and they get home. In this instance one bullet killed or disabled the cats.

Pam says that she lives in a residential area a block from a school and that Mishow lives ‘across the street from my house and the Jordan’s’. We are told that Mishow knew that Pam’s cats were their pets. They were not ‘nuisance animals’.

The audio recording was played to the police and their investigation was not started until a week later. Hardly a sign of commitment to justice and law enforcement.

Cats stink

The cat hater’s argument that cats stink is a fallacy. They always say it when defending their cat shooting behaviour. Domestic cats are cleaner than most humans. Apparently Mishow’s property (that he says he was defending) was the subject of a ‘blight complaint’. Tons of garbage was in the area. It has since been removed.

Mishow's home


Mishow was convicted but punished lightly. This is the usual outcome.

Last comment – update

Jill has made a comment which brings us up to date – “Update to a long year of drama/theatrics for my sister Pam”. Please click this link to read it.

368 thoughts on “Audio recording of Steven Mishow admitting to shooting neighbors’ cats”

  1. how many years later and Pam Dowell is still into her drama. Dipping and dodging the truth. Word just got out that SHE took her cats to the Hibbing Vet and had her cats put down, including the feral cats. Its nice to know her support circle is getting smaller because the community is sick of her drama and her tactics. Funny how when the truth comes up, she goes into hiding.

  2. Rae Jo Watching me like a hawk. I think there is a camera in my house and my phone is bugged. I’ve been harrassed at work, and in public. My mug shots plastered all over Facebook. Tiny portions of a harassment order put on Facebook to portray a false narrative. My youngest son was attacked online, by this group. The efforts this group has taken to ruin, not only my life, but many many many others. I will never apologize for standing up to my brothers right to a fair trial. Yes, the Cat Crime circus of Cohasset. It received more media attention than any REAL heinous crime. In supporting my brothers right to a fair trial, I was than attacked and slandered all over Facebook. Posting a criminal history of Harassment violations. Yet, doesn’t say the truth and the outcome. Go to the county computers. You will see ***dismissed. Again, goes against the narrative, everyone is being spoon fed. If anyone knows John Rupert and my story. The narrative had to portray me as a violent criminal. Never have I been arrested for a violent crime. But the narrative had to fit the agenda. So my mug shots had to be bought to show the fake narrative, to gain sympathy and support. The lies continue, the narrative is the same. Seek and destroy. The MO never will change, regardless who the new victim is.

    June 2020: Can you believe Rachel Jo Bledsoe continues to post her “victim” status re: her brother’s cold blooded killing of cats in 2017. (charged/sentenced) She has an active harassment order against her and another one recently ended. Her bully buddy Rose Schumacher/Nordskog has been just as busy. They both post personal vendettas against community residents on a Grand Rapids, Mn political facebook page. Most are targeted at my family. Recently, trying to insinuate a generic fireman’s statue dedicated to local fireman as a gift from our late father’s estate was hideous and depicted an African American man. There is no “low” for these bully buddies. (Check out the page: Itasca Involved Inspired) You will find neither; simply racist/ignorant comments by too many!

    In a word of national unrest, Covid health challenges, these two women have found time to continue to slander/harass/others!

  3. Hi Michael,
    I found the attached Mn public court records interesting. Person named has been very vocal on this cat blog about individuals letting their pets run loose. How ironic!

    I am fine and thanks for asking, Michael!

    • Thank You!!!! Yes, my dogs ran out of the fenced in yard when my youngest son opened the gate. They ran into the neighbors yard who hates ALL animals. I got a ticket, paid the ticket.

      I did not bring anyone to court over it. Why, because I am a adult. I wasn’t around when it happened. However, my son was than under the age of 18 so, I am responsible. He forfeited his cell phone for 2 months and his Lincoln SUV was taken away for 2 months.

    • Jill must be bored :). Guess, just another means to stalk and harass me. Just adding it to the file. This pictures does freak me out. Its very dark and gloomy and spooky.

  4. Michael,

    I was just informed that someone recently posted on this site using my name. If you need to verify any comments under my name, please email me.

    (Jill Zauhar Backberg on October 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm said:
    Been along time since I visited this page. My sister is seeing another round of drama.) This is the FAKE posting. Please delete!

    Just the usual troubled/bittered women trying to create controversy when there is none. Thanks Michael.


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