FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick man has avoided trial on charges he shot and wounded a neighbor’s Siamese cat.

Larry Stotler, 59, agreed in court on Tuesday to pay more than $4,000 in veterinarian bills plus court costs to settle the dispute.

The judge ordered an indefinite stay of proceedings on the animal cruelty charge Stotler faced, provided that he obeys all laws.

Police say Stotler acknowledged shooting the cat in the left rear leg with a .22-caliber rifle Dec. 9.

He allegedly told investigators he thought the cat was a stray.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. linda says:

    thats really shows a good example for the others that commit an animal abuse crime. he should pay all the fees and be charged. It doesn’t matter if it is sray or not.

    1. michellefrommadison says:

      Not so sure that was even abuse. 🙂

  2. VWGirl says:

    This guys a jerk. who cares if it was a stray. It is a CAT. And REALLY?!?! You thought a siamese cat was a stray. Cause you see them jus wandering the streets all the time….hundreds and thousand dollar cats….just homeless. Get a grip. The laws are so jacked! I swear!

  3. pigeon says:

    So much for that man’s thinking capacity. You go around killing cats because you “think” they are a stray – dumb, stupid, idiotic, cold hearted and just plain cruel!
    Abuse is the improper word – CRUELITY is more proper! Besides laying out money, he should have at least been made to “volunteer” time in a shelter or vet’s office – maybe 100 hours within a year’s time, but no less than 4 hours each “stint”.
    I sure hope paying the $4,000. put a hurting on his pocket!

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