Handout Residents in the community of Port aux Basques in Newfoundland are demanding justice for Mittens, a 13-year-old domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated and tossed into the ocean. Handout The cat’s remains were allegedly placed in a large plastic bag and then tossed over a bridge in Grand Bay West, a stretch of sandy beaches west of Port aux Basques, the woman said.“I got as many details out of her mouth until I was no longer her friend,” she said.A volunteer diver searched for Mittens’ remains but came up empty.As news of Mittens’ gruesome demise spread, residents clamoured on social media for police to take action against animal cruelty. More than 200 people reportedly gathered on the shores of Grand Bay West last Friday evening for a candlelight vigil, which was livestreamed on Facebook.“As everyone is aware, our small community is absolutely devastated beyond our words. I had the honour of grooming Mittens and I will tell you all personally that he was one of the sweetest, gentlest souls I ever had the pleasure of meeting,” Delury said, staring into the dim twilight.“We gather as one to raise our voices and we are only going to get louder until these animal cruelty laws are changed.”There’s outrage, to put it mildlyLocal pastor Rev. Patricia Ritchie led the group in a moment of prayer.“We have gathered this night to remember a small creature of yours, Mittens, and to all animals everywhere who have been abused,” Ritchie said. “Lord, we can only ask that, as you are the judge, that there will be a final judgment day for any and all who abuse or hurt any animals.”After singing “Imagine,” several people in the crowd, including children, began to holler: “Justice for Mittens!” They then gathered along the bridge where they created a makeshift memorial consisting of candles, flowers and teddy bears.The Channel-Port aux Basques RCMP announced late Tuesday that they had charged Peter Rossiter, 51, of O’Regan’s and Jody Anderson, 38, of Cape Ray under the Criminal Code with injuring or endangering an animal, as well as causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.Cpl. Jolene Garland said police had received a complaint on Sept. 14 from someone “alleging the violent death of a cat with a weapon.” The cat’s remains have not been recovered, she said.The accused are not in custody and are scheduled to appear in court in December. None of the allegations against them have been proven in court.• Email: [email protected] | Twitter: Mittens, the cat. According to Delury, Mittens’ long-time owner — a retired Molson beer delivery man with a “special heart” for animals and who lived alone — passed away this summer. The local shelter took in Mittens, groomed him and then placed him in a temporary foster home.The foster parent had fostered before and was friends with Mittens’ owner, Delury said. She sent updates to the rescue group with cute pictures of Mittens.Then a few weeks ago, things turned violent, local residents say.A woman, who asked not to be identified because she is the person who made the complaint to police, told the National Post she received a call Sept. 14 from Mittens’ foster parent who said that a male acquaintance of hers had killed Mittens a few days earlier with an axe in her bathroom. He had apparently been annoyed by a small bell around Mittens’ collar.“How gruesome is that?” the woman said. “I don’t understand what went wrong. … You trust someone. You call these people friends. There was absolutely no reason.” They turned out in droves on a Friday night to mourn the loss of a “beautiful innocent little soul.”Wiping away tears, they lit candles and sang the words to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”But now a western Newfoundland and Labrador community’s grief has turned into resolve as they demand justice for Mittens — a 13-year-old black and white domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated in the home of his caretaker and then dumped into the Atlantic Ocean.As of Tuesday, more than 7,000 people had signed an online petition calling for police action. Hours later they got it, with two people criminally charged.“There’s outrage, to put it mildly. How can someone do that?” said Shannon Delury, a groomer with a local volunteer-run animal rescue group based in Port aux Basques. “You can never get in someone’s head, right?”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Handout Residents in the community of Port aux Basques in Newfoundland are demanding justice for Mittens, a 13-year-old domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated and tossed into the ocean.
Justice for Mittens NL residents call for justice after cat allegedly decapitated
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