Judge spares accused serial-scratcher, owner on probation
Tuesday, June 20, 2006; Posted: 4:17 p.m. EDT (20:17 GMT)
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (AP) -- A Connecticut judge on Tuesday spared the life of alleged serial-scratcher Lewis the cat, whom even Prozac could not tame, but ordered that the felonious feline remain inside his owner's home at all times.
"There are no exceptions. None," said Judge Patrick Carroll, who also granted accelerated rehabilitation to Lewis' owner, Ruth Cisero of Fairfield, Connecticut.
That means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes two years of probation.
Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment. Neighbors complained that the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed it to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon cosmetics lady as she got out of her car on her neighborhood rounds.
Janet Kettman, one of Lewis" victims, has previous said she and her neighbors on Sunset Circle are always looking over their shoulders in fear the stalker will strike again.
"He attacks from the back," Kettman said. "You never see it coming. He has six toes on every foot, which constitutes a very formidable weapon."
It lives!! I don't know WTH the judge in this case was thinking. This is pretty much the exact same order he gave last time, that she keep the unholy terror confined to the house. This was also the order she failed to complie with as neighbors saw the 6-clawed beast roaming around stalking prey. I guess this time she and the cat are on 'double secret probation'.
It's also no surprise that it has 6-toes either. I'll bet anything it's probaly missing a leg too (any pictures with 4 legs no doubt having been doctored) so that it really has 6-6-6 toes. The mark of the beast. I still think that the next time the neighbors catch the thing outside they shouldn't call the police. Instead, a shotgun round and a barrel of holy water should take care of it.