Why do these things always happen in Texas?
From the Huffington Post:
Bastrop Christian Church Pastor Rick Bartlett, whose sermons promise “deliverance and renewal from wrongs suffered and caused” in life, allegedly left his neighbor’s 12-year-old cat Moody in a cage in the back of his truck for three days, then chucked the pussy off a bridge where it fell 50 feet to its death on Jan. 15, according to KEYE TV.
Bartlett allegedly told animal control officers that he thought Moody was one of many stray cats afflicting his yard. He claims he captured it and put it in a cage in the back of his truck. He told officers that he forgot about the cat for three days before bringing it to police, though he denies deliberately neglecting the kitty, the site reported.
When cops noticed Moody’s name tag — with Barlett’s neighbor Sarah Bell’s name and address on it — they offered to bring it home. Barlett allegedly offered to return the feline himself.
Officers found Moody’s corpse below a bridge on the banks of the Colorado River on the same day, with a punctured lung.
Brother Rick’s alleged actions left owner Sarah Bell with the unenviable task of explaining to her 5 year-old daughter what happened to the family kitty.
“She also asked me where Moody is now and I said, ‘Baby he’s in Heaven,’” she told KVUE.com.
“She knows the man who did this is a pastor at the Bastrop Christian Church and she said, ‘I don’t believe in Heaven anymore, Moody’s just dead.’”
Seems a pastor has converted another child to freethought.
We are sorry about Moody, sweetheart. The police will find out what happened to him.
BTW- Bastrop is a charming town located east of Austin, the state capital, in central Texas where most of the law-abiding citizens are kind to animals.