Man Gets Ticket After Cat Refuses to Go on a Jog

It couldn't keep up, so he tied it to a rock ... then birds attacked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2012 10:11 AM CDT
Get me off this leash.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – A case of feline fitness gone wrong: Colorado police have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after it refused to go jogging. Sgt. Fred Palmer says 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to a path at a Lafayette park on Wednesday, but the cat was unable to keep up. Rather than call it quits and head home, a witness told police that Franco secured the cat's leash to a rock while he finished his run—where birds reportedly began to attack it.

Police were called, and a Lafayette ordinance "prohibits that kind of tethering," so Franco was ticketed on suspicion of "domestic animal cruel treatment." The cat wasn't injured, so it was released to him.

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