Prosecutor: Kansas man who drowned cat not charged

LAKE WAUKOMIS, Mo. (AP) – Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says Missouri state law does not allow him to charge a Kansas man who drowned a cat in Lake Waukomis.

Thomas Newhouse of Shawnee, Kan., admitted to Lake Waukomis police that he placed the cat in a carrier and drowned it July 14. He said the cat had bitten and scratched a family member.

The case was referred to Zahnd’s office after what the prosecutor called a “significant public outcry.” Zahnd said in a news release Tuesday that his office had received numerous calls and emails. More than 1,200 people signed an online petition seeking Newhouse’s prosecution for a felony.

But Zahnd said Missouri’s animal abuse law does not apply to the killing of an animal by the owner or the owner’s agent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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