Volunteer at Private Shelter Killed Kitten, Charged with Misdemeanor
February 21, 2013
Teddy’s Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization in Findlay, OH. On October 28, 2012, a volunteer named Timothy Mompher intentionally broke a kitten’s neck at the shelter. He has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. His attorney claims that he did so at the direction of the former manager, Missy VanWormer.
The kitten was sick and Mr. Mompher said in an interview with The Blade that he was told to “put it out of its misery.”
“Missy [VanWormer] said she didn’t want us to take it to the vet because it was after hours on a Sunday and it would cost too much,” Mr. Mompher said.
Ms. VanWormer reportedly refused to speak with the Toledo Blade, the Hancock Co dog warden or the humane officer investigating the case. I have no idea if she will be subpoenaed to testify at Mr. Mompher’s trial but I would think her testimony would be important.
The humane officer’s report indicated the kitten suffered as Mr. Mompher struggled to kill him. It also says “witnesses to the incident included Mr. Mompher’s wife, Susan, the current kennel manager and marketing coordinator for Teddy’s Rescue; Chelsie Hackworth, an animal health-care supervisor at the rescue; and Ms. Hackworth’s husband, Ryan.”
If accurate, the shelter manager ordered the gruesome killing and at least 3 others stood by and watched the kitten being killed. But the only person being charged is the one who actually killed the pet and that charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.
The man who killed the kitten with his hands scares me just as much as those who stood by watching. Why didn’t anyone take action to stop the brutality? Why did no one speak up and demand proper treatment or threaten to call the police? Where was anyone at this so-called shelter to advocate for this kitten’s right to life? Even now, as Mr. Mompher is arraigned, where do the shelter’s concerns lie?
John Froton, business director at the rescue, said Mr. Mompher exercised “very poor judgment” but “I would hate for his poor judgment to cause support to end for Teddy’s Rescue.”
I guess that answers that.
I consent to the examination of this dog by Teddy’s Rescue at any time deemed necessary. Furthermore, Teddy’s Rescue has the right to reclaim the dog at any time for failure to comply with the terms of this contract or for any misrepresentations of fact made on the adoption application or in this contract.
I agree to pay Teddy’s Rescue for any and all expenses, including court costs and attorney fees accrued by enforcing the terms and provisions of this contract.
I would not sign that contract. Furthermore, I believe it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and would not hold up in court.)
As a condition of bond, the judge ordered all animals be removed from the Mompher home, pending trial. Protesters held signs outside the courthouse calling for more serious animal cruelty laws.
Someone claiming to be Mr. Mompher’s wife Susan, who watched the kitten being killed and said nothing, posted several comments at the end of the article.
(Thank you Clarice for sending me the link to this story.)