On August 14, 2008, the Henrico County, Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney office successfully prosecuted a man who killed three feral cats behind a local television station in June. Keith Copi, the operator of a Critter Control franchise, was convicted of three counts of animal cruelty under a Virginia law that prohibits the “cruel or unnecessary” killing of any cat. For each cat killed, Mr. Copi was given a 12-month suspended sentence and a $250 fine.
Alley Cat Allies launched a petition commending the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney for prosecuting the case, and for taking the lives of stray and feral cats seriously. Over 5,200 supporters ultimately signed the petition, which we delivered to the prosecutor before the trial.
Alley Cat Allies also sent a letter to Wade A. Kizer, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, commending him for prosecuting this case.
Alley Cat Allies and its supporters know that all cats deserve protection, regardless of their level of socialization to humans. There are anti-cruelty laws protecting cats in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Prosecutors should uphold the law and prosecute all cruelty cases regarding stray and feral cats. Yet too often prosecutors don’t. Those who do deserve our thanks and support.
Read the letter presenting the first 5,000 names to the Virginia prosecutor »
Read the press release. »
Read Alley Cat Allies’ letter to the Virginia prosecutor »
Read the Virginia animal cruelty law »