Why did this woman shoot her sick cat rather than take him to a veterinarian?
We are told that a 73-year-old woman, Nancy Just, allowed her cat to become ill for months and then asked a neighbour to shoot him (and offered to pay). When he refused she shot her cat the next day with two bullets. She buried her cat in the backyard. Eight days later her neighbour reported the matter to Animal Control. They found the decomposed body buried in the backyard after questioning her.
“The next day, in the morning… I heard, pop pop and I went over there and talk to her later on and I said ‘you did it didn’t you Nancy? She said yeah.'” (testimony of the neighbour who was asked to shoot her cat)
It is extraordinary that this long time (20 years) cat owner ended up doing what she did. It seems inexplicable. Perhaps she was short of money and had decided that her cat was terminally ill and wanted to euthanise him. Or she foresaw huge vet bills and wanted to avoid them. The only way she could achieve these objecives was to shoot him. At the time she felt that she was unable to do it herself so she asked her neighbour. He who refused and therefore in desperation she shot her cat herself.
This is my explanation but it is guesswork. In my view it is a version of animal cruelty and a violation of animal welfare laws but apparently allowed in certain places in America. Whether she is successfully prosecuted or not will be a different matter.
Animal Control rightly say that under no circumstances is a person allowed to shoot their cat. What they’re saying is that it would be a violation of the criminal law. Some cat haters would disagree with that and they would be wrong.
The story is reported on wavy.com and they say that a judge has released her from jail on condition that she returns at the next court hearing in July. That means that she has been arrested and charged but I have no details.
Some people, cat haters normally, would argue that she euthanised her cat with a bullet to the head and therefore the cat did not suffer. I am sure that that will be her defence if there is a trial.
It does, however, highlight the necessity to have sufficient funds to look after your cat properly. It can be expensive. People shy away from veterinarians because of the expense. This leads to all kinds of additional problems such as the one described.