Denounce Lax Punishment for Officer Who Shot Lost Cat


Target: John Morganelli, Northampton County District Attorney

Goal: Criticize the slap on the wrist given to an officer cited for wrongfully killing a family’s pet.

A police officer who reportedly shot a lost cat has been handed down a slap on the wrist despite massive public outcry. North Catasauqua Police Officer Leighton Pursell was responding to a call about a missing cat when he came upon Sugar, a scared orange tabby hiding in a bush. The cat, according to a neighbor, hissed at Pursell when he prodded it with a stick, causing the officer to execute the cat.

According to witnesses, the police were called to help retrieve the cat. Only a few minutes after arriving, and after making little effort to actually help the cat, the responding officer declared that the cat was injured and had to be euthanized. He then shot the cat on the spot and threw its corpse in a nearby garbage can.

Despite massive public outcry from the local community as well as online activists, the officer was not even suspended pending investigation, as is often the case when an officer discharges a firearm. Purcell recently received a citation for animal cruelty as the prosecutor determined the killing was unwarranted. Unfortunately, this citation comes with a punishment equivalent to that of a parking ticket.

This shooting not only ripped a pet away from its loving family, but shocked the whole community of North Catasauqua. This citation is not a just punishment, particularly since it was determined that the officer acted wrongfully in the shooting. Sign the petition below to denounce the prosecution for letting this cruel officer off with a slap on the wrist.


Dear Mr. Morganelli,

A police officer who shot an innocent lost cat was recently let off with a slap on the wrist. Officer Leighton Purcell was supposed to help retrieve a lost cat, but instead shot it and tossed its corpse into a garbage can. He was cited for animal cruelty after it was determined that the shooting was unwarranted.

This citation, punishable by a fine of $500, is a slap on the wrist in comparison to the gravity of the officer’s negligence. His actions not only resulted in the tragic death of a family pet, but shocked the North Catasauqua community. We, the undersigned, denounce this lax punishment, which sends the message that barbaric shootings like these are acceptable.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Now we have Police Officers shooting innocent, defenseless cats. What’s next? This is total bullshit…

  2. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    fat prick should be shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. Diane Petrillo Diane Petrillo says:

    Even humans are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Now we just shoot anything on 4 legs? And what is it these helpless creatures are guilty of? And why such severe action? Was the cat 200 lbs and endangering somebody’s life? Get a fucking grip on yourselves and your guns. This is heinous.


    once again local cops protecting citizens – what a joke! should lose his or her job – idiot!

  5. DISMISS THIS CREEP, Hissing from a cat BLEW HIM AWAY!! INSANE!!!

  6. ABOMINABLE DERELICTION OF JUSTICE! This revolting disrespect and cruelty towards a defenseless living being is an abomination, not to mention, a clear indication of a dangerous sociopathic disorder per FBI research! This officer’s abhorrent behavior commands psychiatric intervention as well as him being held accountable to a higher standard as a “peace officer’!

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