Editorial: Bottom Line

This isn’t the worst crime you’ll ever read about, but its methodology is enough to curl your toes.

John Michael Kiernan III, 72, is accused of slitting the throat of a Grovetown neighborhood cat that was chasing squirrels in his yard Sunday.

It’s a paper-thin excuse for killing any animal, much less a domesticated one. The method of execution was of a savage time and place. And, oh by the way, it’s a morally reprehensible, completely unnecessary crime. Instead of calling Animal Services to have the cat removed humanely, he waited to call until after he’d allegedly euthanized it with a butcher’s knife.

Again, there are worse crimes. But this one will horrify animal lovers – and anyone who believes civilization can sometimes hang by a thread.

 

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