Chantonnay: an eight-year-old kills his daughter’s cat with a pitchfork

The 86-year-old gardener, who complained about animals entering his garden, killed his daughter’s cat with a pitchfork. © Yann Defacque

Thursday, November 3that Court of La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) leaned over one case of cat abuse.

Facts go back to August 20, 2022. A Chatonnay (Vendee)while a lady heard meowing, she saw her neighbor, an 86-year-old man, finish off a cat with a pitchfork.

The latter had fallen into a fox trap set by the gardener. that catnamed Mystery, was none other than his daughter’s.

I’m not an animal killer

The accused

At the helm, the octogenarian, a retired post office worker, complained animals. “The cats, they are always in my garden. »

Throughout the hearing, the man condemned these intruders who come to lurk in his kitchen garden. In the binoculars: cats, dogs, rats, but also foxes and pigeons. If the accused “regrets”, he assured not to be “an animal killer”.

I’m not going to cry because I killed a cat

That presiding judge have everything the same pointed out to the accused that he had set a “trap” and that he had “forked”.

“I’m not going to start crying because I killed a cat,” the defendant claimed.

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The accuser, she pointed out to him that he was “not a hunter”. And that “cats and dogs are not pests”. She went on to explain that the fox traps were placed where the cats passed.

I am neither a hunter nor a fisherman. I am a gardener

“Beyond this laziness there was pitchfork,” it preached prosecutor.

“Witnesses” attended the scene and “finds” were made on the animal’s body. The prosecutor requested two months simple suspended imprisonment, a fine of €500 and confiscation of the seal.

“I am neither a hunter nor a fisherman. I am a gardener,” defended the defendant before the verdict.

ultimately, the court found him guilty serious mistreatment or cruel act to a domestic animal, domesticated or captive animal resulting in death. That fork has been confiscated and gardener fined 400 euros.

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