An elderly man has been sentenced to three years in prison for allowing his dog to kill another family´s pet cat. Hume Hamilton, 82, was caught on surveillance camera taking his dog for a walk near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June. He walked up a driveway to where a cat was apparently resting, and the dog was filmed suddenly attacking the cat. Hamilton can be seen in the footage trying to separate the two animals by stepping on the cat, but he was unsuccessful. He left the scene with his dog, and the cat later died
Dog and owner of dog would be seriously wounded if that had been my cat. Stepping on the cat so that his damn dog could kill it or maybe he wanted to help kill the kitty. Either way, I am glad he is out of society.
I walk with a goofy yellow lab who has never met a human she doesn´t like. But when she sees a cat ´´apparently resting´´ in a driveway she turns into a lunging, leaping dervish. We have a retractable leash and I have to walk continually scanning for loose cats. I reel in the leash tight until we safely pass the cats. Cats and dogs don´t usually co-exist peacefully outdoors - I can´t imagine how I would handle a pit - 75 lbs of lab is hard enough. But, if folks kept their cats inside (as is the law around here) this would not be an issue.
All that said, there seems to be something vital missing in this story for an 82 y/o man to be sentenced in this manner. I´m not saying that the dog owner has no responsibility, I am saying that 2 years in jail plus 3 years probation seems to be excessive punishment...
So, if you own a cat, it is allowed to roam freely because that is in a cats nature. I have witnessed many cats establishing territory in their neighborhood by having blood drawing fights. Also, little snowball has no compunction to walk on my car with its muddy paws. Also, in some rare instances curl up on my engine and take a quick nap (starting the engine I have injured or killed a number of these squatters).
The cat was on his property, resting, bothering no one. The man trespassed intentionally and allowed his dog to viciously kill the cat. He is responsible. What his dog did was illegal. Change "cat" to "small dog" and see who on this thread changes their tune.
I believe no one would deny his responsibility. The sentence is what appears extreme. Everyone´s pet is loved and precious, no doubt. The point isn´t that he did not control his dog, it´s that he was sentenced as severely as he was...
What a creep. He had no business walking up someone else´s driveway. And he had to know that his dog would lunge for the cat.
It´s a shame that taxpayers are on the hook for this jerk´s room & board. He should get a life sentence of community service at a cat rescue/shelter and a hefty fine, to be paid to the cat´s owner. Ramona (the Pest)
The man was very wrong, but I also never allow my Posey to go out of doors. In fact you can´t drag her outside. She is thinking of the vet touching her royal body and does not care for. Outside to her is the car and ride to vets.
I thought I´d stumbled onto a PETA site by mistake. A dog killed a cat -- they´re both animals acting like animals. Now an 82-year-old man gets what amounts to a life sentence and you are cheering. Scary.
FTA "Hamilton was arrested over the animal´s death in July and held without bond because of his involvement in an unrelated case of aggravated battery."
Evil Man took his dog onto private property and stepped on the poor animal so his dog could kill it. The cat´s owner, the little girl who lived there, found her as a kitten and cared for her and loved her for twelve years. How sad. Good riddance to that creep!
Freedom in this country has been a topic of discussion quite often in this forum. I cannot see how so many people can watch this video and not see the intent of the man with the dog. It simply doesn´t matter what anyone here thinks about cats, where they are kept, or whether they were just acting like animals. We are a land of laws. I think I´ve heard that a few times here. The cat was lying in his own driveway. He wasn´t near the sidewalk. The man walked to the far end of the driveway to get to the cat. If you cannot see the crime here, maybe you need to have someone or something you care about ripped from your life for no reason.
These were animals doing what animals do. If people love their cats (and neighborhood birds), they will keep their cats inside at all time. In case you think that is prejudiced, that is EXACTLY what the lady at the local SPCA told us when we adopted our cat from the shelter.
If you are going to walk your dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep it under controal at all times. This guy didn´t, so he does have liability here.
But this guy deserves a fine, but not jail time. The real loosers here are the taxpayers that will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep this man in jail, along with picking up all of his medical bills (of which you know there will be many with any 82 year old man), for the next three years.
If that rat b walked up my driveway and sic´ed his dog on my cat he´d be sporting a neat 9 mm beauty mark in the middle of his forehead. Let the b die in jail. Hopefully his cellmate will be a 300 lb Haitian witch doctor with a taste for...well never mind.
No it is NOT scary. Three years for intentionally letting his dog kill someone else´s pet and helping by stepping on it, is lenient if anything!!! And what does it matter if he is 82 or 22. He is an adult and knows better. He doesn´t deserve leniency simply because he is old. If he had beat a person and took their wallet, would you give him a lesser sentence because he is old? The cat was on its own property minding its own business. Just because some of you don´t like cats doesn´t make the crime any less. As another poster mentioned, what if it was a small dog? If ANYONE touched one tiny hair on my cat´s head, they would be sorry they were born. He is my child and his life is just as important to me.
This cat wasn´t roaming freely at the time, it was in its owner´s driveway. The dog and the man were trespassing by walking onto the property instead of staying on the sidewalk.
I think the old man had seen the cat before and didn´t like cats. He wanted his dog to do away with it. This is the reason mine stay indoors - not just because we live in a colder climate now, but because some cat haters are rather twisted and sadistic toward them. Dogs run freely in some neighborhoods as well, and busy streets aren´t friendly to any wandering pet: dog, cat or whatever.
You animal lovers need to get a sense of proportion. I´m appalled at the willingness to shoot or have pit bulls maul a human over a cat being killed. I have been a reader of Lucianne since the Clinton scandal and thought that the posters were conservative and knew that humans are set apart from animals by being made in the likeness of God -- it´s enough to make me skip reading the posts. Fine the guy if he allowed his dog to kill a family pet, but jail? It´s nuts.
The jail sentence may have something to do with this man´s criminal record, although the prior assault charge against a person apparently hasn´t been before a judge yet. Anyway, he doesn´t seem like a nice guy.
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