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.