Animal cruelty charges for cat killing dismissed
Charges were dismissed April 4 in Pierce County Circuit Court against a River Falls area man accused of shooting and killing a neighbor's cat.
Gregory F. Kerr, 54, N6053 CTH E, was charged with the Class I felony in November 2011.
Kerr was accused of fatally shooting "Tuffy," a cat belonging to Rhonda Klink. Last May she reported to police she found the cat dead on her property the previous day.
According to the complaint, Klink said she took the cat's body to her veterinarian, who determined the animal died as a result of being hit with about 30 pellets of bird shot.
Klink told the investigating officer Kerr had earlier told her he didn't like cats or other animals around his property.
When a deputy first talked to Kerr, he said there had been a cat under his bird feeder at about dark a few days earlier and that he shot a .410 shotgun over, but not at, the cat to scare it.
Kerr told the officer there had been animals and feral cats on the property, and he believed they had been killing the birds and pheasants.
Later, Kerr told a second deputy he had nothing to do with Klink's cat and thought the animal he fired over was a raccoon.
Kerr served one term on the Pierce County Board from 2004 to 2006. During that time, he was a member of the county's law enforcement committee.