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Opening Arguments

Pet owner of the year

Don't let your kids or your cats read over your shoulder on this one:

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A man surrendered Thursday to face allegations he forced his 7-year-old daughter to kill the family cat by holding a knife in her hand and making her stab the feline.

Danield J. Collins, 39, was taken to the Delaware County Jail, where he was being held on one count each of animal cruelty and battery and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

An affidavit filed Thursday in Delaware County alleges Collins told his 11-year-old son and daughter he wanted them to "learn how to kill" and ordered them to kill the family's pet cat.

Detective Jami Brown of the Muncie Police Department said the killing of the cat, an 8-month-old tuxedo type-cat named Boots, was particularly troubling because Collins allegedly tried to force his children to kill the animal.

Learn how to kill by doing in the family cat. Sorry, Dutch and Maggie, there really are humans like that. Anybody got a problem with an "and throw away the key" scenario?


tim zank
Fri, 03/14/2008 - 8:09am

Sounds like the kids are destined to become members of the FSKA. (future serial killers of america)

Throw away the key.

Bob G.
Fri, 03/14/2008 - 10:51am

Cripes, you'd THINK that learning to KILL would at least involce a drug dealer...or some gang bangers...or even some radical extremists, but a damn defenseless FAMILY PET?

Anyone in that family EVER hear of....(drum roll and cymbal crash)....HUNTING???

Hey, maybe they could "kick it up a notch" and practice on EACH OTHER.
'Ya think?