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From: Susan Gordon<br><br>
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 6:01 AM<br><br>
Subject: letters needed re: attempted kitten drowing (kitten was saved)<br><br><br><br>
PLEASE CROSS POST WIDELY<br><br><br><br>
See, at the end of this alert, an article about an attempted kitten drowning in North Brookfield, MA, and the refusal of the authorities to charge the perpetrator of this cruelty, simply because he is an old man whom they claim knows no better. Thankfully, the kitten was saved by a compassionate woman.<br><br><br><br>
I called and spoke to the North Brookfield Police Chief Aram Thomasian. He was nice, on the phone, and listened to me, but he kept making excuses for animal torturer Laurence Thayer and how things are done in this rural area. THE POLICE CHIEF SAID THAT HE IS WILLING TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO WILL TNR THESE AND OTHER CATS IN HIS TOWN.<br><br><br><br>
Please contact Chief Thomasian POLITELY, urging that all possible charges be filed against Laurence Thayer AND if you can volunteer to lead TNR efforts in North Brookfield, let him know. Thayers age is NO excuse for cruelty.<br><br><br><br>
Please contact rescuers you know in the area, to work on TNR in this town.<br><br><br><br>
CONTACT INFO:<br><br>
(1). North Brookfield, MA Police Chief Aram Thomasian<br><br>
Phone: (508) 867-0206<br><br>
FAX: 508-867-0214<br><br><br><br>
(2). Animal Control officer Sgt. Doug Blood refused to press charges. POLITELY demand that charges be filed and urge them to institute TNR in North Brookfield.<br><br>
Phone: (508) 867-0206<br><br><br><br>
(3). The MSPCA, according to Police Chief Thomasian in his conversation with me, agreed that charges should not be filed. The article states that the Animal Rescue League came to the same conclusion. Demand that the MSPCA, which is supposed to advocate for, and protect animals, do their job:<br><br><br><br>
phone: (617) 522-7400<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
I could not find contact info for the Animal Rescue League.<br><br><br><br>
(4). The article stated that Thayer is a North Brookfield Sewer Commissioner. Contact his employer about his heinous behavior:<br><br><br><br>
Rodney Jenkins, Superintendent<br><br>
Phone: (508) 867-0211<br><br>
Fax: (508) 867-8196<br><br><br><br>
NOTE: Attached is a photo of the rescuer, Christine Hill, and her 4 year old daughter, Morgan, who is seen petting the kitten. Compare the chances of this little girl becoming a compassionate adult with that of the animal torturers grandson, who showed no emotion over his grandfathers cruelty.<br><br><br><br>
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From: Libby Williams <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 7:26 AM<br><br>
Subject: MA - WOMAN STEPS IN TO SAVE KITTEN FROM DROWNING<br><br><br><br>
This is despicable! And to think this animal killer has gotten away with this for, by his own admission, decades!<br><br><br><br>
The kitten torturer/repeat offender (by his own admission) is:<br><br>
Laurence E. Thayer<br><br>
25 Winter St<br><br>
NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA 01535<br><br>
508-867-2273<br><br><br><br>
WOMAN STEPS IN TO SAVE KITTEN FROM DROWNING<br><br>
Man, 83, not charged in near-drowning<br><br><br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/j5s5o" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/j5s5o</a><br><br><br><br>
Submit letters to: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br><br><br>
By Malinda Govoni<br><br>
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette<br><br>
Friday, June 23, 2006<br><br><br><br>
Christine A. Hill with Lucky Girl, the kitten she saved, and her daughter, Morgan, 4. (T & G Staff/DAN GOULD)<br><br><br><br>
NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA A North Brookfield man who has admitted he tried to kill a kitten will not be charged by police, and a woman who rescued the animal said she is upset with how officials handled the matter.<br><br><br><br>
Christine A. Hill, 42, of Spencer, said she saw an elderly man trying to drown a kitten outside 25 Winter St. June 1. The man, Laurence E. Thayer, 83, of that address, had the kitten wrapped in netting in a bucket of water, she said.<br><br><br><br>
The mans 5-year-old great-grandson stood behind him as he repeatedly submerged the animal, Mrs. Hill said.<br><br><br><br>
I looked in the bucket and I saw a little mouth opening and closing, like gasping, said Mrs. Hill, owner of Upscale Salon of Spencer. At that point, Mrs. Hill asked Mr. Thayer what he was doing.<br><br><br><br>
Mr. Thayer allegedly told her, Its almost done, and You cant save all the wild animals in the world.<br><br><br><br>
She said she pulled the kitten from the bucket and pressed on its stomach to force water out. The young boy, who was nearby during the attempted drowning, appeared to be indifferent, Mrs. Hill said.<br><br><br><br>
During an interview Wednesday, Mr. Thayer said he was in a fit of madness trying to catch this kitten.<br><br>
When asked about Mrs. Hills allegations, he said, I didnt know it was against the law. Ive been doing it for a hundred years.<br><br><br><br>
Mr. Thayer, a North Brookfield sewer commissioner, said homeless cats have been on his property for too long.<br><br><br><br>
Mr. Thayer had one less animal to worry about when Mrs. Hill took the kitten from the property and reported the incident to North Brookfield Animal Control Officer Douglas J. Blood.<br><br><br><br>
According to Mrs. Hill, Mr. Blood checked out the complaint and decided not to press cruelty to animal charges. She said Mr. Blood told her he based his decision on the feral problem at the mans property and Mr. Thayers age.<br><br>
A Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokeswoman said drowning a kitten is against the law. If convicted on cruelty charges, a person may face up to 5 years in prison or a $2,500 fine.<br><br><br><br>
Whats the point of his job if hes dropping the ball saying, Unfortunately theres a feral problem? Mrs. Hill said.<br><br><br><br>
North Brookfield Police Chief Aram Thomasian said he is not eager to press charges against Mr. Thayer, and dismissed the matter as a generational issue.<br><br><br><br>
He dealt with the problem the best he could, Chief Thomasian said. He said that is how older people deal with animal problems.<br><br><br><br>
Back in their day, thats what they did, said Chief Thomasian.<br><br><br><br>
The Thayers say they have tried to get help with their cat problem over the years.<br><br>
Mr. Thayers granddaughter, Michelle T.C. Thayer, said the family has contacted the MSPCA, Animal Rescue League and state agencies for two years about the cats.<br><br><br><br>
Mrs. Hill made her own complaint to the Boston office of the rescue league. She said somebody from the agency went to the house and came to the same conclusion as local officials, which was that Mr. Thayer was an old-timer who dealt with feral cats his own way.<br><br>
Feral or not, Mrs. Hill said, kitten cruelty is unacceptable, especially in front of a child.<br><br>
Ms. Thayer said she is the mother of the boy who witnessed the incident and said her son was upset because of the confrontation between Mrs. Hill and her grandfather, not because of the attempted drowning.<br><br><br><br>
Hes aware of whats going on, but he was made more aware because of her reaction, Ms. Thayer said.<br><br><br><br>
She said the outdoor cats attract predatory animals, and children in the family find kitten body parts in the yard. She said she doesnt think that her family should have to pay for trapping and spaying cats that dont belong to them.<br><br>
I myself have rescued four of them, Ms. Thayer said. She claims the kitten was next to dead anyway before the attempted drowning.<br><br><br><br>
Sheryl A. Brackley, director of Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, said there are options for controlling cat populations. Her adoption organization helps low-income pet owners with neutering.<br><br><br><br>
In collaboration with other shelters and local veterinarians, the facility also takes part in a program designed to gain control of local feral colonies. The Feral Spay Sunday project is free, with traps available for loan. The last program was on June 4 and the next is Oct. 29.<br><br><br><br>
The sooner you get to a colony, the better, said Mrs. Brackley, who is also the East Brookfield animal control officer. She said overpopulation becomes exacerbated when cats have a food source, and the best solution is to participate in a spay/neuter release program.<br><br><br><br>
Spencer Animal Control Officer Carol A. Gaucher said a significant feral cat problem exists in North Brookfield. She said Mr. Blood has not dealt with the issue and animals are showing up with rabies.<br><br>
Mr. Blood did not return phone calls made by the Telegram & Gazette. Chief Thomasian said Mr. Blood will not answer any questions.<br><br><br><br>
Mrs. Hill plans to keep the kitten, which she named Lucky Girl.<br><br>
It really bothered me that no one cared. No one cared about her and shes as sweet as pie, said Mrs. Hill.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
CONTACT INFO:<br><br><br><br>
General Contact Info<br><br>
Mailing Address: 20 Franklin St., Box 15012, Worcester, MA 01615-0012<br><br>
Telephone: (508) 793-9100<br><br>
Fax: (508) 793-9313<br><br>
Letters to the editor: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Noelson</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thank You - Let me know when he is "Next to dead", I will find the biggest bucket and net I can find.</div>
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i'll help. gladly.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pgor72</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
okay, this is despicable!<br><br>
wonder what "fun things" the grandson will do as he grows up...</div>
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That's a good point. A history of cruelty to animals is one of the seven(?) common experiences that most serial killers (of people) share.
 
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