He obviously has a completely different attitude to life to me. He has a completely different attitude towards animals to me. He is a different sort of person. To me he’s an alien. We come from completely different sections of society.
The background to this is so typical as to be boring. But it happens day in and day out across America and indeed across the UK. A neighbour’s cat wanders onto a person’s property. In this instance a man who likes to be called “Chip” became frustrated with the cats coming from his neighbour’s property onto his. He says that the cats were tearing up insulation, defecating in his garden, howling at night, running all over cars and he thought they were people, burglars and murderers. That sounds a bit far-fetched to me to be honest. In fact his description of what the cats were doing seem exaggerated. But…they were a nuisance as far as he was concerned.
He even called the police about it and there is a record of the call. Of course, cats wandering onto someone’s property is not a police matter. It is a civil matter to be dealt with in the civil courts and the only civil action to bring would be under the tort of nuisance but the chance of it working is almost negligible. That’s probably what the police told him causing his frustration.
Anyway, Chip goes on to complain that the cats were eating “his birds”. They would eat his squirrels. They would leave carcasses all over the place and so on and so forth. He became fed up and took the law into his own hands. He set traps and he caught one of the cats. He put the trapped cat into the back of his white, Ford pickup truck and drove it to a quiet area where he thought no one was watching. He was unaware that what he did next was witnessed and his pickup truck and registration plate photographed.
The witness told investigators that she was sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot when she saw Chip pull-up. He took the cage out of his truck, released the cat and then shot the cat three times in the head (Chip says only one shot connected).
He said to investigators that the animal was terminally ill. That was his first excuse which did not sound very truthful. He initially denied shooting the cat but when told that his actions were witnessed he admitted his “crime”. But he does not consider it to be a crime.
Chip says that he went to a quiet place because he did not want to be witnessed because “I felt stupid for doing it, so I looked around to see”. That sounds a bit feeble as well.
At the end of the day he has been charged with a felony charge of animal cruelty and a misdemeanour count of firing a gun too close to a public road.
The officers found the dead cat behind businesses in the 1200 block off Cobb Parkway near SunTrust Park, Atlanta, USA.
“In my heart, I know I’m not guilty of animal cruelty. If anything, I should be given a ‘that’s a good thing to do Chip.’ ”
Chip genuinely believes that he did the world a favour when he shot his neighbour’s cat three times in the head. I find that interesting and disturbing. I see the reason behind his frustration which lead to anger. And his neighbour has not been wise and sensible. His neighbour has probably been irresponsible but that said it does not excuse Chip’s attitude. He was devoid of any sensibility towards cats and that may extend to all animals other than perhaps domestic dogs.
Chip’s full name is Chester Krawczuk.