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Harrisonburg Police Officer Found Guilty in Cat Beating Case

The Harrisonburg VA officer charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after he beat an injured cat to death with his nightstick at a resident’s doorstep was found guilty this week.

Officer Jonathan Snoddy responded to a call about a distressed, injured cat and then beat the cat to death with his nightstick to put it out of its misery, as it lay upon a large rock at the homeowner’s doorstep. The homeowner was traumatized by the experience and the incident received widespread publicity. Officer Snoddy’s attorney says they plan to appeal the conviction. The court ordered Snoddy to pay a $50 fine.The police department declined to say whether the officer will retain his employment. He has been on paid leave.

The police department has instructed officers on proper euthanasia practices since the highly publicized incident.

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    March 11, 2012 3:50 amPosted 3 years ago
    Dara Woodworth

    This cop needs to have someone beat him with a nightstick, once again it shows just how out of control they really are. Got a badge, well than your above the law. He needs to be fined more than $50.00. If I was the judge I would have found him guilty and fined him $1000.00 and made him do community service at an animal shelter. Sick,Sick Sick.

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    March 11, 2012 11:13 amPosted 3 years ago

    Merciless, evil, sadistic action on part of this police officer. He is not fit to serve & should be heavily fined & fired.

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    March 11, 2012 7:41 pmPosted 3 years ago

    UNFORGIVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a small punishment for such a HUGE crime!

  • March 12, 2012 1:16 amPosted 3 years ago

    Hope he loses his job–permanently. Police officers need good judgement, not a cruel, loose cannon like this guy has proven himself to be. Who knows what might set him off next…

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    March 12, 2012 7:50 pmPosted 3 years ago

    Misdemeander animal cruelty? That’s the best they could do? He deserves to be beaten senseless and fired. Then make it so he can’t work with the public in any capacity for the rest of his useless life.

  • March 14, 2012 10:19 amPosted 3 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    Rachel…Please don’t bury your head in the sand like an ostrich..Ignoring s**t does not make it go away…..and Dan. How the stuff can you say that beating a cat is different from beating a child??? Beating/hurting/ killing anything or anyone comes from one mindset. That of a bullying, sadistic egotist. xxx

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    March 16, 2012 7:09 pmPosted 3 years ago

    $50.00 that’s all?! Really? That is just not right. The punishment should be that he has to donate $1000.00 to a cat rescue. He should not be allowed around live animals but instead he should have to pick up road-kill and garbage for six months. He should loose his job!


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