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Man arrested after trying to teach cat a lesson by shooting a gun

September 12, 2009 |  7:24 pm

DontJustDont Presenting a brand-spanking-new feature here at Unleashed: "Don't. Just Don't."  Here, we'll cover all the ill-advised ideas we silly humans have for dealing with animals.  Generally speaking, they don't turn out well.  For example: 

A Boynton Beach, Fla., man told police that he'd been trying to teach his ill-mannered cat a lesson when he carried it to his garage, where he fired his handgun into a flotation device.  The resulting noise, apparently, was intended to scare the animal in an effort to convince it to do its business in the litter box (desired) rather than on the bed (where it apparently left a mess, causing the unfortunate firearm business).

The Associated Press reports that the cat was uninjured in the incident, but its owner is being held on a $5,000 bond after being charged with firing in an occupied residence (obvious) and using a firearm while under the influence (even more obvious).  No word on whether the cat was removed from his care.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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