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Man Abandons Cat at PETA; Is Charged and Convicted

Written by PETA | October 19, 2009

PETA’s headquarters in Hampton Roads, Virginia, is well known to local residents, many of whom volunteer to help animals in their spare time. Thousands in the area have taken advantage of our low-cost animal clinics and the Bea Arthur Dog Park, which is open to the community.

But every once in a while, someone visits PETA headquarters with ill intentions—like the guy who dumped this sweet, starving, nearly-naked bag of bones in our parking lot late one August night and then tried to drive away.




Not realizing that people were watching, the driver shoved an ailing cat, who has since been named Nadia, out of his car, and ignored the terrified and confused animal as she tried to get back into the car, running after it as the man drove away. Fortunately, he was spotted by two PETA Foundation staffers who immediately approached him and saw right through his lame excuses for dumping Nadia on the street.

It took us more than 10 days, during which time the temperature soared to more than 100 degrees, to catch the poor, petrified cat. When we finally did, we rushed her to a veterinarian, who determined that Nadia was 3 pounds (!) underweight—she weighed just 5 pounds—and that she was missing hair on more than half her body, likely because of a severe allergic reaction to fleas. Nadia has been recuperating in foster care ever since and is waiting for her new forever home.

As for the heinous man who attempted to abandon her, he had his moment in court on Friday. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of abandonment and received a suspended sentence of a $1,000 fine and five days in jail. He was also sentenced to two years of probation, during which time he cannot own or keep any animals, and he had to pay restitution to PETA. Most importantly, he learned that abandoning an animal is never an option, no matter the circumstances.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Summer says:

    I agree that abandonment should NEVER be an option but then again that poor sweet cat should’t have been a victim to that horrid human in the first place. Consider this if Nadia wasn’t “dumped” on your doorstep judjing from the condition she was in when you received her she would have been worse off if she remained under the lack of care from her original owner. Sometimes sadly abandonment is better than remaining tortured and abused. Granted abandonment is a form of abuse. But like a woman who is better off in a crowded shelter rather than under the fist of her abuser Nadia now has a second chance at the wonderful life she never had. God Bless all your good work!

  • Mary Ann Owens says:

    What kind of person would even think of doing this sort of thing let alone actually do it!! This is a living and breathing creature. She looks adorable. I would love to adopt her. I have the time to care for and love her. What a sweetheart!

  • bob says:

    What if he would’ve went to the front door and offered the cat to PETA? Would it have been accepted or the guy made to do whatever with the cat? I’m sorry but alot of these post seem onesided. I live in the Miami neighborhood where some teen skinned like 20 some cats and feared for mine getting killed. It didn’t I’m happy and she doesn’t go outside anymore. Afterall the Cubans are killing horses down here as well. I’m gald he was fined for what he did but PLEASE stop the onesidedness…almost racist.

  • Roxana says:

    Hello Roxana is my name I am of Per the truth than me a little hard writing and reading the goods than estan in English since I do not speak this idiom but however mass is big to help desires although I be subj in something for this nobleman cause what PETA does I seem to grand and the celebrities that back up this cause!! I have to do with helping in am able to to it!! XD! XD! Greetings from Per.

  • Sophia says:

    Thanks Peta! Glad there were consequences for that man’s horrible actions…some people have no compassion.

  • angela says:

    My heart is in my throat.Just wanna cry at the thought of her running after himthe car.How desperate she must have felt at that moment.I have noticed that some people here are making it an issue that he made a half brained attempt to atleast drop her at PETA…or atleast at a facility that could assist the cat even if he went about it the wrong way.So I do see where they are coming from.We do want people to know they have somewhere to take animals when they no longer want them and if they fear punishment then they will be driven to just drop them on the street or worse..the river.However I think they are missing the bigger picture here.Look at that cat.That cat is severely neglected.Five pounds…my God!My smallest cat weighs eleven pounds and to me he looks skinny.This man should not have been arrested for abandonment he should have been arrested for animal cruelty.Point blank.

  • Natasha says:

    5 days in jail is nothing. He should be in jail for life.

  • Amanda says:

    He actually said he dumped her instead of surrendering her because she was in such awful shape he assumed he would get into trouble if he signed her over to an animal protection agency. Thankfully he still got what was coming to him. P.S. It was little Louie who tracked her to her hiding place so she could be trapped!

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Rev. Meg Schramm If this person or anyone needs to drop their animal off at our buildingfor any reasonwe will gladly accept him or her with open arms. The issue here is that this man did not call us and did not drop Nadia off with a staff member. He just dumped her in a parking lot and it could have been any parking lot the PETA parking lot is no safer for an animal than any other and left her to fend for herself. Thank you for asking.

  • ReceptionQueen says:

    Thanks for Michele’s comment. To be clear we have signs on all our doors back and front saying “If we are closed call this for help with any animal any time” and if someone can’t cope or is about to do anything bad with an animal all they have to do is step inside the building and hand them over. Yes come on in. We won’t yell at you if you want to “get rid of” that angel. We’ll help! I work at PETA reception so I know. Thanks!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    If this man had walked into the PETA headquarters and handed Nadia over to a staff member would that be considered abandonment?

  • Susan T says:

    I’ve long ago stopped trying to figure out why or how a person could do what this cowardly drain on our oxygen supply did. Suffice it to say that sweet Nadia is safe and will find a loving forever home. As for this piece of excrementstop asking why and instead organize the people of your community to demand stronger laws and punishment for humans that behave so badly. Our society is lost. Our liberalism has dumbed us down to the point where we tolerate just about any kind of behavior. People need to get a swift kick in the ass and understand that no one has the right to be cruel and irresponsible. His punishment should be that he spend a month naked with all kinds of insects crawling all over his putrid body in a remote desert. He has nothing good to offer society.

  • Michele says:

    Not that I’m trying to justify this man’s actions in any way but I’m actually pretty thankful that he chose to drive all the way to PETA to drop the cat off. I think that all owners good or bad should feel comfortable enough to ask PETA or another organization for help. This man definitely deserved what he got which wasn’t even that bad but I’m just worried that some bad owner will read this and just abandon their pet on the street in fear of being jailed. Nevertheless good job PETA.

  • WolfGirl21 says:

    I am a volunteer at an animal shelter we’ve had cats dogs dumped at the front door including senior cats. Happened at the vet. clinic I worked at once also. It’s sickening to think that people would do that. Esp. to a lovely sweetlooking kitty like Nadia.

  • WolfGirl21 says:

    What a beautiful cat! The guy who did that is scum

  • Pam Ernest says:

    GO PETA! GO PETA! When will people learn? Animal lovers are everywhere….watching and waiting…..



  • susan says:

    These type of stories make me livid. I cant for the life of me figure out people. I am the one chasing stray dogs and cats. I cant imagine pushing them out of a car and speeding away.It breaks my heart. Its for this reason that I can honestly say that I love animals more than people.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Some jail and community service for this cat abuser. I’m glad PETA saved the traumatized feline.

  • simara says:

    agreed it is NEVER an option animals are not disposable they are not objects they are beautiful noble living compassionate beings who deserve our respect appreciation and care thanks to those who saved this Kit and thanks to the legal system that is punishing this sad excuse for a man

  • Hanna says:

    The part where the cat tried to chase after the car just makes me want to cry…Jesus what’s wrong with people? I leave my apt to go to work and I feel horrible leaving my dog for the 4 hours until his dog walker arrives…