Owner of Truro cat viciously killed by stranger left feeling ‘violated’ and ‘angry’

Harry Sullivan hsullivan@trurodaily.com
Published on July 15, 2014

TRURO – 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 so senselessly and 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. Saturday 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 Saturday 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.”



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