Cat Reportedly Trapped in Cage and Shot in the Head Deserves Justice

Target: Brian D. Seaman, District Attorney of Niagara County, NY

Goal: Charge woman allegedly involved in caging and killing of stray cat with animal cruelty.

Another day, and another alleged animal killer gets a slap on the wrist from a lax justice system. New Yorker Timothy VanBuren reportedly admitted that he shot and killed a stray cat whom he had trapped in a cage. VanBuren claims he shot the cat in the head under orders from his landlord. Allegedly, the landlord wanted stray cats removed from her property and initially hired a local animal welfare agency to secure the cats in cages, spay and neuter them, and then release them. The agency apparently later discovered that one of the cages left on the premises had been used by the landlord, Judy Wagner, to trap a cat–and that Wagner confessed to telling her tenant to then kill the animal.

VanBuren was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Upon appearing in court, however, he was given an adjournment contemplating dismissal. This action means that as long as he does not engage in any known criminal activity for the next few months, the charges will be dismissed with no penalty. As if this non-punishment was not injustice enough, the landlord who allegedly had knowledge of and contributed directly to this killing faced no charges at all.

Sign the petition below to demand these local legal professionals start taking animal cruelty cases seriously.


Dear Mr. Seaman,

The animal cruelty allegations brought to your attention through Cat-by-Cat were deeply disturbing. Two people allegedly confessed to a plot to entrap, shoot, and ultimately kill a stray cat for no other reason than that the cat existed. While Timothy VanBuren was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, he ultimately received what amounted to a dismissal of the charges.

This lacking penalty, combined with the reported treatment of animal rescue employees who attempted to attend the proceedings, signals an extremely troubling legal approach to animal cruelty cases in Royalton and well beyond. You can at least partially rectify this seeming injustice, however. Charge the woman who allegedly instigated this deadly incident, Judy Wagner, with aggravated animal cruelty as well. Moreover, vigilantly pursue a punishment that fits the reported crime.

The legal system claimed they wanted to send a message in this case with the initial cruelty charge. Send the lasting message that any deliberate act of cruelty against another living being will never be condoned nor ignored.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jhency Xang


  1. May they reap what they sow. Things have a way of coming back to you – both kindness and cruelness. Be careful of which one you dole out.

  2. Thess vile mentally deraned scumbags must have the death penalty implemented.A slow and agonising death is essential!

  3. Peter Dale says:

    Maximum penalty should be given , not another slap
    On the wrist !!

  4. Manitou Calmstorm says:

    Forget prison! This slime ball murdered an innocent fur baby! What comes around goes around!

    Stick this son of a whore in a small cage, then blow HIS piece of shit brains out, as he did to that poor baby.

    He had no right to do that, other than this Satanic mother fucker is absolute evil.
    Anyone who would hurt an animal (especially a cat) is evil personafied! Someone out there knows this bastard. Just kill this son of a lesbian whore!

  5. Robert Richmond says:

    Poor excuse of the law just to slap somebody on the back of a hand for doing something so inhumane as what they did to these animals or animal the laws broken the people that stand and serve the law are broken it all has to be redone this person who shot that cat in the head what makes you think that she won’t do it to a human being that’s food for thought. Whore excuse for a country that people getting away with the most hideous crimes and just getting slaps on the wrist violating things left and right breaking laws left and right because nobody wants to offend anybody problem is you’re offending a lot of people these people and that woman they need to serve some time in jail they need to be made examples of.

  6. This is sick! This guy is disgusting & needs to be held responsible for murdering this innocent cat. Lock him up for a long time! I detest animal abusers!

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