A Connecticut man has been charged with killing his roommate’s cat.
Bristol police say 27-year-old Jonathan Ely is being held on $15,000 bail on a charge of first-degree maliciously wounding or killing an animal pending an Oct. 4 court date.
The Bristol Press reported Monday the roommate found his cat dead on his bedroom floor when he returned home from work on Aug. 24.
He took the cat to a friend’s house and called the police.
A necropsy determined the cat died from blunt trauma that caused internal bleeding.
When police interviewed Ely, he said he came home to find the cat in the kitchen cabinets.
He said he put it on the floor and “barely touched” it with the toe of his boot to push it away.
Last year the Hartford Courant reported that a West Hartford man was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and killing a kitten and a pet rat appeared in Superior Court, where a judge reduced his bond but ordered him to stay away from his girlfriend.
According to News 24 in June, a 34-year-old Kenyan man has reportedly confessed to killing more than 1 000 cats, and selling their meat to unsuspecting samosa vendors since 2012.
According to the Star newspaper, James Mukangi, was caught skinning a slaughtered cat by local residents in n open field outside Nakuru town, west of the capital, Nairobi. The residents handed him over to the police.
According to BrickUnderground “Do a quick search of “roommate horror stories,” and you’ll find yourself tumbling down a terrifying Internet rabbit hole of incidents ranging from the gross to the grotesque to the downright criminal. As we suspect a lot of you have already learned firsthand, figuring out how to live in a sane and comfortable fashion with someone who isn’t a blood relative—or really, even someone who is—tends to take a strong stomach, and a knack for diplomacy.”
For many people, their dogs, cats, and other pets are a very important part of their life.
Pets give us so much, and we can pay their goodwill forward by helping other animals in need by volunteering.
Below are 10 great ways to help out pets in need.
1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
Almost every community has at least one animal shelter or rescue that needs help because it is often underfunded and understaffed. Volunteering doesn’t necessarily mean hard work; it can be a fun time spent with the animals. The more people these animals come in contact with on a regular basis, the more adoptable they become. Consider stopping by your local rescue and seeing if they need help walking dogs or playing with the cats.
2. Foster a pet.
Fostering a pet in your home is a great way to give back. Many animal shelters and rescues have cats or dogs who are not a good fit for living in a shelter environment. These animals may be older and need a quiet place to stay, or they may need a home to recover in after a recent surgery. Fostering also allows a pet to get used to living in a home and gives him time to learn pet etiquette. This makes him more adoptable and less likely to be returned once he is adopted.
Learn more about fostering by reading, “The Joys Of Fostering A Dog Or Cat.”
Sometimes it can be a challenge for animal rescues to get a pet to a veterinary appointment, to another rescue group that has room for him or even to a new adopting family who lives out of the area. Many animal rescue groups rely on volunteers to help with these important jobs.
“We know not everyone is in a position to foster, so transport is a great way to volunteer,” says Carol Whitmer, the co-founder of Westie Rescue of Tennessee, Inc. “Our board members all work during the week, so all of our placements, home visits and transports need to take place on the weekends, which spreads our volunteer force very thin. Having transporters frees up our rescue officers to perform our other duties to get our little Westies placed in their forever homes.”
Money is tight for many animal rescues and any donations are appreciated. Additional funds can help them buy needed supplies or assist with marketing costs to help get their animals adopted. You could also host a charity event to raise funds (for example, a charity walk) or ask your company to consider becoming a corporate sponsor.
5. Become a fan on social media.
If you follow a rescue on social media, you can help it reach more potential volunteers or adoptive families. By sharing its social media posts, you can help spread the word about needed supplies, volunteer opportunities and animals needing homes. Who knows, maybe someone will see your share and adopt an animal or volunteer to help. Also, if you are a social media expert, consider volunteering to help the rescue with its social media platforms. The staff at many animal rescues are so busy taking care of their day-to-day operations, it is difficult for them to spend the necessary time to manage their social media accounts effectively.
6. Photograph their animals.
A good photo is so important for animals in rescues and shelters. A photo is often the first impression of these animals to potential adopters. If you’re a shutterbug, consider donating your photography skills and talents.
7. Collect supplies to donate.
Items such as food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, paper towels and even old blankets are almost always needed for the day-to-day operation of an animal shelter. Consider organizing an item drive with your family and friends. During the holidays, instead of doing a holiday gift exchange at parties you might ask your friends to bring an item to the event for your local animal shelter.
8. Write for your local rescue.
Most animal shelters cannot afford to hire employees to produce a regular newsletter, keep its website updated, or even write press releases for upcoming rescue events. If writing is your talent, consider donating a few hours a month.
9. Host a pet craft night.
Are you crafty? If so, use those talents to make needed items for your local animal rescue. Last year, I coordinated with a local Girl Scout troop to make fleece blankets. The blankets were donated to an animal rescue group that gave them out to dogs and their new owners when they were adopted.
10. Help your local low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Spaying/neutering is so important to prevent future unwanted dogs and cats from ending up in shelters. At many clinics, you don’t have to have a medical background to help. If nothing else, you can help by getting the word out about the services the clinic offers. You could post fliers around town and educate your family and friends about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. If you do have a medical background, I am sure they would appreciate the extra expertise and experience.
There are so many ways to help animals in need in the community. for more information you can reach out to the Friends of the Bristol CT Animal Shelter – Lost Dogs Connecticut.
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