Driver Who Ran Over Cat 10 Times Avoids Jail

A British man who ran over a cat 10 times was allowed to avoid jail for a year and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service, according to news reports.

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Barry Haggerty, 58, hit 1-year-old Mixey with his car last April, then returned to the scene and drove back and forth over the writhing animal, crushing its skull during the final attempt. The incident was caught on security cameras belonging to the cats owner.

Magistrates sentenced Haggerty to a six-week suspended jail term and fined him about $7,200 after the Buckinghamshire resident pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Defense attorney David Price explained during the trail that Haggerty had simply been trying to put the cat out of its misery after hitting it the first time, and thought the cars tires missed Mixey the first eight times after he returned.

I feel really awful. My only thoughts were how can I stop this animal suffering. The only thing I had was the car. I thought I was acting in the best interests of the cat, Haggerty said.

Posted: Dec. 28, 2005, 3p.m. EST

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Cathy    Cheyenne, WY

8/9/2012 7:38:45 PM

He should have got out and checked on the condition of the cat. However, his actions speak louder than words.

Susan    Reston, VA

8/20/2008 9:37:41 AM

Someone should run over him. Did the thought of taking the cat to vet ER ever cross him mind? And what the heck is wrong with the British judicial system. Is a simple kitten less important that the royal pet dogs? What would have happen to him if he did that to a royal pet? As the Brits would say" bloody awful"

maurice Brennock    London, AL

1/2/2007 4:54:05 PM

Barry Haggerty is a liar and a scum piece of trash. He claimed in his defence that he didnt realise he had run over the cat until he felt the wheels crush its skull. Watch the video of it. heartbreaking. British justice is pathetic. 60 hours community service is nothing. I suspect he is the sort of person who would drive on if he hit a child and though no one was looking. He should have got years.

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