Owner speaks out after Truro cat violently killed

Harry Sullivan
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 It just doesn’t make any sense.

Julie Chisholm pauses in her thoughts and struggles to try to come to terms with why someone – a complete stranger – would allegedly  viciously kill her “best friend” and family pet.

“He took him by the legs and swung him over his head (before slamming her cat to the ground),” she said, of the report she received from an eyewitness to the grisly event.

“And I just couldn’t believe it. I can’t fathom (why),” she said, her voice trailing off.

Truro Police have charged a 29-year-old man in relation to the cat’s death that occurred about 3:20 a.m. July 12 on Fairview Drive where Chisholm lives.

Police said they were informed by an eyewitness that the man allegedly coaxed the cat off a doorstep then grabbed it by the hind legs, lifted it over his head and swung it down into the ground.

“He was my best friend. We had naps together, we ate together,” the mother of two young children said, of her three-year-old cat Wrangler.

“He was a very friendly cat,” she said, of the pet her children picked out at the SPCA a couple of years ago.

The man, who has yet to be identified, is expected to appear in provincial court next month. Chisholm said she plans to be there during the hearing but in the meantime, she is left with feelings of anger and of being “violated.”

“I’ve been snappier,” she said, of her mood since learning of the cat’s death.

“I can’t tell the kids,” what actually happened, she said, preferring instead to tell them it was killed by a car.

Normally, she said, Wrangler comes into the house for the night but last Saturday he was later returning than normal.

And after waiting in vain all day July 12 for her buddy to return, it wasn’t until that evening that she began seeing Facebook postings about the senseless killing and began to piece the puzzle together.

“I’ve been having a tough time. It’s rough,” she said. “Like, there’s so many things going through my head and they’re not good … .

“I’m very angry. I just want justice to be served.”

Geographic location: Fairview Drive

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Recent comments

  • Joy Naime
    July 16, 2014 - 21:06

    I hope this perp at some point fully realizes and understands the horrible thing he has done. I don't know how he can live with himself. He needs help, seriously. Condolences to the family for their loss. Please remember the good times with Wrangler and be grateful for the blessing that he was in your lives. He cannot be replaced, but I hope you find another loving friend. There are many loving cats in need of homes.

  • Lorraine Saulnier
    July 16, 2014 - 13:22

    I'm so sorry about your cat. I couldn't stop crying to think how anyone could be so cruel. I wish that person bad luck. I'm sorry, but he deserves bad luck all his life. The thing is, he will get a slap on the wrist. God will punish him. I guarantee.