A woman is told she can only have one cat in her apartment.
Next thing you know, according to a witness, she has grabbed one of her cats and is bashing it in the head with a hammer.
This is what will appear in the paper tomorrow:
• A report was received at 11:40 a.m. Monday that, after a woman was told she could only have one cat at her residence in the 1700 block of Locust St., she was observed holding the cat and hitting it on the head with a hammer. The suspect was arrested for killing or injuring an animal.
I know you have many questions. Was the cat killed? Was this woman extremely distressed by the thought of having to get rid of one of her cats and just lost it? Does she have mental issues? What are the elements of being arrested for injuring or killing an animal, since putting an animal down for any number of reasons happens in this area with regularity?
I wish I had some answers for you, but the police department didn’t have much to offer today. The officer involved had gone home by the time I called, and his report on the incident was not complete.
More details will be forthcoming, I’m sure.
And, yes, for a brief moment, I considered calling this post, “Yankton Cat Gets Hammered.” Tasteless, I know, but in this business, black or gallows humor comes with the territory. I ask for your forgiveness, dear readers …