Court ruling – shooting at cat was not cruelty to animals


The projectile is in the left front leg of the cat Kitta Lint (11). It can be clearly seen on the X-ray.

Neighbor Peter R. (52, former Lufthansa pilot) had shot at the four-legged friend with an air rifle (“Diana 240 Classic”) in Eppstein (Hesse).

An act that the Frankfurt / Main Regional Court has now assessed in the second instance as “damage to property” and sentenced the shooter to a fine of 1950 euros (30 daily rates).


During the X-ray, doctors discovered the “diabolo” projectile in the cat's body.  A firearms expert from the LKA-Hessen had clearly assigned the projectile to the air rifle of neighbor Peter R.

An x-ray shows the bullet in the cat’s body. A firearms expert from the LKA had clearly assigned the projectile to the air rifle of neighbor Peter R.

So repealed: The first judgment of the Frankfurt / M District Court. – it had convicted the perpetrator of cruelty to animals. The fine at that time: 16 100 euros!

A German court has ruled: It is not cruelty to animals to shoot a cat (file number 8910 Js 205306/18)!

Mistress Alexandra Bauer (46): “You can get upset about the judgment. Why is something like that not cruelty to animals? “

Yes, why not? Judge Angelika Kauffer explains to BILD am SONNTAG that this is an “isolated case”. She refers to a report by animal welfare professor Dr. Bernhard Hiebl from Hanover. His opinion: When the projectile entered the body, the cat suffered only “moderate” pain.


Alexandra Bauer (46) reported her neighbor after it became clear that he had shot her cat

Alexandra Bauer (46) reported her neighbors after it became clear that he had shot her catPhoto: Jürgen mahnke

However, to be convicted of cruelty to animals, the cat should have been in “considerable” pain. The judge suspects the consideration of livestock owners as the reason that the legal requirements for criminal animal cruelty are so high.

Judge Kauffer: “The judgment only refers to this specific individual case. The report leaves no room for maneuver. “

Mistress Alexandra Bauer: “It is important to me that it was made clear to Mr. R. that he is not allowed to shoot animals.” Your cat Kitta Fussel has been more shy than usual since the incident.


Court ruling: shooting at cat was not cruelty to animals

And Peter R.?

Because of the burdens of the criminal proceedings, he had himself written unfit to fly for half a year. That was too long for the airline. The pilot was dismissed and now lives on a disability pension of almost 3,000 euros.

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