Bloomfield, Neb., officer reprimanded after shooting cat, dumping body - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1:30 am / Updated at 12:18 am
Bloomfield, Neb., officer reprimanded after shooting cat, dumping body

BLOOMFIELD — A Bloomfield police officer has been disciplined for not following city code when he shot a cat that had been trapped last month.

Lisa Kilgore, a Des Moines veterinarian, said the cat belonged to her parents, John and Teresa Kauth, who live just outside of town.

“Larry was a 2-year-old, neutered male domestic shorthair. He was up to date on his vaccinations and was given monthly flea prevention. He was an outdoor cat,” she said.

The cat went missing around Jan. 13.

Kilgore said her mother confronted Officer Wally Holz on Jan. 21. He indicated to her that he had trapped the cat and shot him within 50 feet of her parents' property. He then allegedly dumped the cat's body behind a maintenance shed downtown, Kilgore said.

Bloomfield Mayor Phil Schroeder said the Bloomfield City Council met Feb. 3. One of the matters discussed was the officer's handling of the cat situation.

Following an executive session, the council voted to give Holz a written reprimand.

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