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8/2/06--Man Severs Kitten's Head With Knife<br><br>
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Police search for kitten-slaughtering animal<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Sheriff Mike Books is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Elkhart County<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
PETITION: Man Beheads Kitten<br><br>
Target: Curtis T. Hill, Jr., Elkhart County Prosecutor, Elkhart County's DA's Office<br><br>
Sponsor: Kimberly Bova<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
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Michael K. Books, Sheriff<br><br>
Elkhart County Sheriff's Department/Jail<br><br>
111 N. Third Street, Goshen, IN 46526<br><br>
ph: 574-533-8644; fax: 574-533-5108<br><br>
web email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Curtis T. Hill, Jr., Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney, 34th Judicial Circuit<br><br>
The Office of the Elkhart County Prosecutor<br><br>
301 S. Main St., Suite 100; Elkhart, IN 46516<br><br>
ph: 574-296-1888; fax: 574-296-1889<br><br>
web email: <a href="" target="_blank">http://www.elkhartcountyprosecutor.c...tact/index.php</a><br><br>
Criminal trial division: <a href="" target="_blank">http://www.elkhartcountyprosecutor.c...on/contact.php</a><br><br>
Investigations division: <a href="" target="_blank">http://www.elkhartcountyprosecutor.c...on/contact.php</a><br><br><br><br>
Dear Sheriff Books and County Prosecutor Curtis T. Hill:<br><br><br><br>
I would appreciate any update you can provide about the search for Mike<br><br>
Pifer, the Elkhart man who beheaded his neighbor Dennis Witte's<br><br>
five-week-old longhaired calico kitten. You may receive similar letters<br><br>
about this particularly coldhearted act. As you know, Pifer used a knife to<br><br>
sever the animal's head as "punishment" for defecating on the floor beside<br><br>
his motorcycle.<br><br><br><br>
I respectfully ask you to keep this Elkhart Police investigation open. When<br><br>
Pifer is apprehended, please charge him with a class D felony count of<br><br>
animal cruelty and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. I urge<br><br>
you to seek the maximum three-year jail sentence and $10,000 fine. In<br><br>
addition, please ensure Pifer undergoes psychiatric evaluation and<br><br>
counseling and is prohibited from owning or harboring animals in any<br><br>
This man exhibits traits regarded as high-risk for future violence against<br><br>
animals and humans. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., a frequent consultant to<br><br>
cruelty investigators, law enforcers, court officials and mental health<br><br>
professionals, assesses an offender's distinct style of animal abuse. Among<br><br>
qualities outlined in his "Factors in the Assessment of Dangerousness in<br><br>
Perpetrators of Animal Cruelty," Lockwood describes violence against small<br><br>
or non-threatening creatures unlikely to retaliate as a precursor to<br><br>
assaulting children, the elderly or disabled, or other vulnerable victims.<br><br>
Few creatures are more helpless than a five-week-old kitten.<br><br><br><br>
Lockwood also cites severity and intimacy of injury inflicted (e.g.<br><br>
stabbing, mutilating, strangling) as more significant than remote actions<br><br>
such as shooting or poisoning. The perpetrator views victims as objects and<br><br>
may torment them to exert control over others. Pifer, who told police he'd<br><br>
grown weary of "all the cats in the neighborhood," justified his brutality<br><br>
as some bizarre form of animal control.<br><br><br><br>
After the slaying, Pifer laughingly dangled the kitten's headless body<br><br>
before Witte and neighbor Bob Gilbert, with little regard for any<br><br>
repercussions. He then dumped the body in a trashcan, but preserved the head<br><br>
(like a trophy) inside his freezer. A sign in his window boasts: "Warning I<br><br>
don't call 911."<br><br><br><br>
"The additional intimidation of written or verbal threats are strongly<br><br>
indicative of potential for escalated violence," Lockwood notes. "Displaying<br><br>
the body of a victim can be indicative of the use of such violence to gain<br><br>
feelings of power, control and domination -- or to alarm or intimidate<br><br>
others. This should be considered a serious warning sign."<br><br><br><br>
Violence rarely occurs in a vacuum. Please do not allow Mike Pifer to harm<br><br>
another living being. Thank you for your pursuit of justice in this<br><br>
disturbing case.<br><br><br><br>
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