A Buford man reportedly justified striking a kitten with a tree limb by saying the cat had been "acting like he was going to antagonize my pit bull."
Michael Paul Labron Glover, 40, of 1846 Sturgeon Road in Buford, called 911 on April 2 to report his neighbor's cat had been antagonizing his pit bull, which was chained in his mother's back yard. According to the police report, Glover said the cat had been tearing up his mother's garden as well and he was "sick of it." Glover claimed to have personally witnessed the cat teasing his pit bull and that the cat had "no business being on [Glover's] property."
When asked what he did to resolve the issue, Glover reportedly replied, "I saw that little cat outside of my fence acting like he was going to antagonize my pit bull, so I grabbed a little stick and hit him with it."
The little stick, Glover later admitted, was a three-and-a-half foot long tree limb approximately an inch-and-a-half in diameter.
"The tree limb was large enough that I felt that it caused an officer safety issue by him holding it as he could cause serious to life [threatening] damage to a grown adult, much less a small kitten," the officer wrote in the report.
Glover further explained he was "sick and tired of those cats bothering my pit bull" and was concerned that if the cat antagonized his dog long enough, the dog would break his chain and get loose.
"He stated that if the dog gets out and bites somebody, then he is going to be liable," the report stated.
A neighbor, who explained the kitten was a stray, led the officer to where the kitten lay motionless in the back yard. The neighbor advised the kitten had hardly moved since being struck and "appeared to be discombobulated." Animal Control was called to the scene to assist.
After gathering information from Glover and the neighbor, the officer instructed Glover to turn around and put his hands behind his back. Glover complied initially, but turned "as if he wanted to close the distance between us," the officer noted. The officer drew his taser and again ordered Glover to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Glover was placed under arrest at that time for cruelty to animals.
"Mr. Glover never expressed any remorse for injuring the kitten, but asked me not [to] arrest him as he believed this would violate his probation," the officer wrote.
Glover was booked into the jail on a single charge of animal cruelty and remains jailed without bond.
The kitten was transported to a veterinary clinic. According to Maj. J.T. Strickland, commander of GCPD's North Precinct, the kitten is in stable condition and may survive its injuries.
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