The now infamous video, which is embedded below, shows a crime being committed on a domestic cat. Yet the police have decided not to charge the perpetrator. Also there is a question mark over whether the cat checked by the police and a vet after they belatedly entered the property where the video was made is the same cat as the one in the video. If the cat is different then that would imply a deliberate cover up.
THE VIDEO IS PRESENTED HERE FOR FACTUAL REASONS BUT DON’T WATCH IF IT MIGHT UPSET YOU. I AM SURPRISED IT IS STILL ON YOUTUBE.
Does The Video Show a Crime Under Alabama Animal Welfare Law?
The answer to the question above is a clear YES. What you see in the video is a Class A misdemeanor and cruelty in the second degree under statute: Ala. Code 1975 § 13A-11-241.
To quote the law:
(b) A person commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree if he or she, in a cruel manner, overloads, overdrives, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, injuries, mutilates, or causes the same to be done. Cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
The important wording is right on the button: “cruelly beats”. That section of the statute accurately describes what you see in the video. It is not a question of whether the cat suffered noticeable, physical injuries. It is a simple question as to whether the cat was beaten or not and this tabby-and-white cat was beaten.
Is The Cat in the Video the Same One as Photographed by the Police?
It is extremely difficult to tell for the simple reason that (a) the video is of poor quality and (b) we only see part of the cat in both the video and the police photo which is reproduced below:
I have played the video frame by frame (which incidentally makes it bearable to watch as you don’t really see the beating). My opinion currently is that the cat is the same one judged by the facial markings and amount of white fur around the left eye.
However, having checked the Alabama statute relating to cruelty against dogs or cats, it is irrelevant whether the cat in the police photo as the same on as in the video. The video speaks for itself. The Latin is res ipsa locator – “the thing speaks for itself”.
The police have said that the cat is the same and they checked out. Therefore they have the victim, Jenny the cat, they appear to have the perpetrator, Brandon White (his profile is seen in the video) and a clear record of his criminal behavior. There is one more step to take: arrest the b*st*rd. They have sufficient grounds to do it.
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