Lady moves home to a more civilized place after her neighbor shoots her cat

Cohasset, Minnesota, USA: Pam Dowell’s neighbor, Steven Lee Mishow, always said that he hated cats. He said that he would shoot cats who came onto his property. He said he could do it because he’d be defending and preserving his property.

Pam Dowell knew about the man’s hatred of cats. She invited him into her home and begged him, “please don’t harm my pets”.

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Pam Dowell is a community leader. She has a voice and has contributed hugely to the community. There is a page on her on the Herald Review.

One stormy night in late September three cats went missing, one of them was Olivia, the cat companion of Pam Dowell. Another was a feral cat named Emerald who slept at her house and the third was Pumpkin a neighbor’s cat.

Olivia was very important to Pam Dowell. Olivia loved to play outside with Pumpkin. She was a family member and often slept with Pam under the covers. This was a typical close relationship, and Olivia was much more than “just a cat”.

It seems that she informed the local authority about the missing cats who were unwilling to help. She went to the police who informed her that it was unlikely that they would investigate the matter. Dowell is a retired cop so she took the matter into their own hands. Dowell worked as a licensed Minnesota Police Officer between 1988 and 1996. She retired after she was assaulted while on duty which left her disabled.

Dowell and a neighbor went public. They went before the local City Council and pleaded their case. This got back to the local newspaper and television station. As a result, Itasca County prosecutors became interested.

Then gradually Mishow’s attitude towards cats leaked out. It transpired that he told authorities that he shot at the cats intending to kill them. One of Dowell’s neighbors enticed Mishow to admit shooting Dowell’s cat and the conversation was recorded.

Then bit by bit Mishow’s hatred of domestic and feral cat became public knowledge.

“I will say this, there is a bad feral cat problem… Are you writing this down? That’s the reason I did what I did. I shot at them to protect and preserve my property.”

It appears that the police have enough evidence to charge Mishow with a felony but prosecutors say that they did not have enough evidence to charge him with killing the other cats. I take this to mean that they could charge him with killing Olivia.

Some cat haters will say that Mishow had a right to do what he did and once again I will say that he did not. Zach Nugent, spokesman for the Minnesota Humane Society said:

“Despite what some people think, you do not have the right to shoot a domesticated animal in your yard especially if you know it someone’s pet.”

That is stating the obvious but it needs to be restated. Then there was a backlash against Pam Dowell because there are people who would support Mishow. They too hate cats and believe that there is a feral cat problem although in this county the authorities take a neutral stance towards feral cats.

Fellow cat haters tried to verbally attack Dowell on social media with the objective of undermining her. They brought up her past history and tried to dig up some dirt. This became a war between cat owners and cat haters which is commonplace.

At the end of the day, Pam Dowell became fed up with the situation. She believes that Mishow will receive a slap on the wrist with a misdemeanour charge and nothing will change. She decided to leave the area. She’s put her house up for sale.

Audio recording of Steven Mishow admitting to shooting neighbors’ cats

She appears to be disillusioned with the police. She says that the loss of any pet is hard when the loss is because of an act of violence; it’s traumatic. She wanted to make some noise about it and to make sure people know that they can’t do this and get away with it. She wanted the sheriff’s deputies to be aware that a crime had taken place.

“I’m going to move to someplace more civilized, that’s the only thing that’s going to change.”

Sources: Google Images, Herald Review and Star Tribune.

P.S. Note from Michael (Admin). There are a lot of comments, the majority of which are mud slinging. They are indirectly relevant to the article and shine a light on the human relationships behind the cat shooting, which is why I allow 99.5% of them. Some are removed because of the level of insult in them. IF YOU COMMENT AND CRITICISE SOMEONE EXPECT THE SAME IN RETURN. DON’T COMPLAIN TO ME ABOUT IT.

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266 thoughts on “Lady moves home to a more civilized place after her neighbor shoots her cat”

    • That’s your view. Millions of cat owners in the US let their cats go outside. Are they all irresponsible? Also Pam tried to discuss the issue with Steve but he refused to listen. That indicates that Pam is responsible and Steve is irresponsible. Also to commit a crime as Steve did is automatically irresponsible.

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      • Only your view. Regardless if Pam talked to Steven. To flaunt herself n intimidate him. She neglected to keep her feline safe. She had has responsibility in this also. Yet,all the comments,she can’t own her actions. Very much a coward.

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    • I agree. But tell the owner that. She will give you a 20 age explanation, why she is credible. It’s hysterical, how crazy she gets.

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  1. In Memory of Olivia, Emerald and Pumpkin. I think everyone knows this is not the first time Steven Mishow has killed cats and I think we all know he will do it again. There is no commonality between Dowell and Mishow other than they lived in the same neighborhood. One rescued, cared and loved cats. The other baited, tortured and killed cats.

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  2. Just wanted to let you all know Roses was fired from her job due to her spewing of hate and embarrassement to Dr. Carter and his wife and Rachey came close to getting her potato face split open because of her big fat pie hole. Would have loved to have seen her slink into the Eagles Club bathroom while calling the police to get an escort to her car. I am sure she either peed or pooped her pants. Lolololol Pam, Steve, Christine, Carol, etc don’t take her spew too personal as she has many many upstanding people in this town she stalks, harasses and spews her hate towards. You have no clue what a keyboard warrior is Rachey. In fact I was honored to be called a keyboard warrior during the Standing Rock crisis as we helped in so many different ways by not only the news reporters, news channels, radio stations and Native American investigators and legal councils. But we were honored by those who needed our services. Don’t use those words unless you know what they mean. Pam is an honorable citizen of this community. Her good far outweighs her bad. Rosey you keep spouting b.s. about people bullying your mother but you get off pulling shit out of the air, making up lies when in fact I have read at least 10+ comments by you talking smack about her mother and sisters. You mention mental illness quite a bit as well……have you educated yourself on that subject ever??? It doesn’t mean crazy or insane or not capable. It’s not really as bad as you make it sound. But you my Rosey girl is, what I call a sociopath and a narcissist and it has nothing to do with having an illness. Your problem is and always has been there. There are no excuses for what you are. You are a pathetic drunk that use old men to house your horses which you should not be allowed to have. You are a fake friend who brings on drama so thick I am surprised you haven’t self combusted. You don’t live in this community so keep your big nose in your own community or up Dimich’s smelly pie hole. You might think you are entitled to get all he has but you will be surprised when that day comes…….it will be a big day of karma for you and your so called very close relationship with a really great guy of many many years. He knows you have used him all this time and the last laugh will be on you boo! You two R’s are getting really old with the same back and forth b.s. You are liars, fabricators, haters, name callers, know it alls and a big waste is space. Your friend Rachey will not have a job soon because of the long periods of times she is spewing her hate everywhere instead of doing her job. Be productive. Join Weight Watchers. Pick some wildflowers. Visit the County Home. Good gracious turn off your computer and try and get a real life!

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    • Roseys current boyfriends past record since we are getting this crap out there. Case Number Citation Number Defendant Info Filed/Location/Judicial Officer Type/Status
      Charge(s) Disposition/Level of Sentence
      14-K5-96-000183
      FALK, GREGORY DEAN
      05/16/1959
      01/23/1996
      Clay
      Kirk, Michael L.
      Felony
      Converted Closed
      Cont. Subs charge 5th Deg (Not applicable – GOC)
      Dismissed
      Cont. Subs Charge 5th Deg (Not applicable – GOC)
      Convicted
      14-K9-98-001048
      FALK, GREGORY DEAN
      05/16/1959
      06/09/1998
      Clay
      Weir, Kathleen A.
      Misdemeanor
      Converted Closed
      (TCIS Amended Charge) Disorderly Conduct (Not applicable – GOC)
      Convicted
      14-K8-07-000238
      FALK, GREGORY DEAN
      05/16/1959
      01/23/2007
      Clay
      Hanson, Barbara R.
      Felony
      Closed
      Drugs – 5th Degree – Sale – Marijuana Mixture Except Small Amount of Marijuana with No Remuneration
      Convicted
      CONSP COMM CON SUB CRIME (Conspiracy to Commit – GOC)
      Dismissed

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