Man Gets Jail For Killing Cat

Posted: February 9, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A judge found a Bridgewater man accused of killing a neighborhood cat with a bow and arrow guilty Friday in Rockingham County General District Court.


Eric Thomas Bosserman, 27, of the 400 block of Mount Crawford Avenue, was convicted of one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.


Judge Richard Claybrook sentenced him to 10 days in jail.


Bosserman, who admitted shooting the cat from the beginning, apologized for his actions.


“I let my anger get the best of me,” he told Claybrook. “It’ll never happen again.”


Bridgewater police were dispatched to the Ashby Apartments at about 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 14 after a neighbor reported that a cat had been shot.


Officers found the cat with an arrow shot through it.


Police say neighbors told them they saw a man with a bow in the complex shortly before the shooting.


Bosserman was identified as the suspect and arrested. The cat had to be put down.


Police say the defendant admitted to the shooting, claiming the cat was damaging his vehicle.


During the trial, Bosserman’s defense attorney, Andrew Graves, showed Claybrook photographs of the damage to his client’s vehicle.


“Someone did a number on that paint job, that’s for sure,” said the judge, but said his response to the damage was not appropriate.


Bosserman said cats have been damaging his car since he moved to the complex two years ago.


Claybrook allowed Bosserman, who was free on bond, to self-report to jail at an undetermined future date to accommodate his work schedule.


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