Fire Teacher for Castrating Cat in Class


Target: School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey

Goal: Fire teacher who castrated a cat without anesthetic in a high school classroom.

An animal science teacher in Georgia castrated his personal cat without any anesthetic in front of his students. The school suspended him and his resignation was accepted, however he has withdrawn his resignation and plans to return to his classroom. The school superintendent must fire this teacher for this irresponsible and cruel procedure.

Mr. Daniel Hebert, an animal science teacher at Stephens County High School, neutered his pet cat while students held the cat down. The procedure was intended to show students the typical castration process for animals, yet it was done without any anesthetic and in an unsterile classroom. Mr. Hebert is not a licensed veterinarian, and while castrating is not illegal, the fact that the cat was held down and not sedated for the procedure is animal cruelty. An investigation is still ongoing to determine whether Mr. Herbert can be charged for this horrific crime.

The cat has recovered and is safe at the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Society. Jeff Roberts, the Director of the Stephens Humane Society, concluded the cat did not have a current rabies vaccine and that one of the students was bitten. Not only was the procedure cruel, but Mr. Herbert also put the safety of his students at risk.

The Stephens County Board of Education suspended him and accepted his initial letter for immediate resignation. However, Herbert rescinded his first resignation letter and offered his resignation at the end of the current school year. Therefore, Mr. Herbert can return to his classroom, where he does not belong.

By signing the petition below you will urge School Superintendent Bryan Dorsey to immediately terminate Mr. Herbert’s employment at Stephens County High School due to his inhumane castration procedure on his personal cat.


Dear School Superintendent Dorsey,

Mr. Herbert’s neutering procedure on his personal cat without any anesthetic was cruel and unnecessary, and he should not be allowed back into a classroom. His intention to educate animal science students on the neutering procedure can be seen as appropriate, however a veterinarian should have performed it in a sanitary location with students watching from a distance.

Allowing Mr. Herbert to return to his classroom sets a bad example for students and reflects poorly on Stephens County High School. A teacher who treats an animal inhumanely has no place in an academic setting.

I am urging you to immediately fire Mr. Herbert from his teaching position due to his cruel procedure on this unwilling cat. Please take actions to enforce the safety of animals in the classroom.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Patricia Dumais says:

    This man is mentally ill and unfit to teach. Terminate him immediately and fine/jail him for animal cruelty. If I were a parent of one of the children who witnessed this cruel senseless act, I would gather the other parents and we would sue him and the school for causing mental anguish and trauma to our children. I would make sure he never allowed any pets and I would further investigate him as he probably “practiced” before operating on his cat.

  2. OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG Lea Angela Mayer is 100% right. Outraged, disgusted, & constantly shocked by so called “human”‘s actions.

  3. You people are a bunch of stupid idiots. They were cats for crying out loud. Who cares about cats anyway. I use cats for target practice. Why dont you bunch of low lifes go and find something else to cry about. He is a good man and a good ag teacher. Go MR. HERBERT.

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