Sharon Bowers is an animal lover. What she saw Monday afternoon was tough to watch.
A cat was hit by a car in front of her house at 11 1/2 Norwood Ave. and crawled onto her driveway. A neighbor called the police and when Capt. Mike Conney arrived, he said there were very few options.
Conney got a shovel and picked the cat up off the cement driveway. He moved the cat to the lawn between the houses and shot it.
Bowers said something else should have been done.
"I seen the police pull into my driveway," Bowers said. "I came out and there was a cat in my driveway. Beautiful cat. The police came out of his car and shot him right in the head. I didn't call the police out here. I have a heart condition and I can't take this kind of stuff."
Bowers was still upset about an hour later.
"This is my little baby," she said, standing on the porch holding her guinea pig, Thumper.
Bowers' son, Jim, also was upset.
"If my daughter was here right now she would have been crying her eyes out," he said. "I just got pissed. I was cussing. Freedom of speech. He heard exactly what I was saying."
Ryan Keefer, who lives in the upstairs apartment over Bowers, said he was in his bedroom and "I heard a pop."
"The cat had a broken back and was going to die. But he didn't have to shoot it here.
"To my knowledge, he (Conney) was doing what he thought had to be done," Keefer said. "He wasn't being crazy or anything. But to come over between the houses and fire his gun wasn't right."
Bowers said Conney should have taken the cat to a vet or, at least, out to the country.
Conney said in that kind of situation, there was little he could do.
"The person at 8 Norwood Ave. said a cat was hit by a car," Conney said. "The cat was just laying there. I've got to move it off the driveway to put it out of its misery. It's spine obviously was broken and some of its organs were sticking out.
"I had to get it to a safe spot to put it out of its misery on the lawn. Her son was there and I'm trying to tell him 'you don't want to watch this.'
"The bottom line is, if there is an injured animal, unless the owner is there and wants to take it to the vet, we'll put it out of its misery.
"I wish there was something else we could do. But there is not. I can understand."