Witness of Alleged Cat Beating Feels Relieved After Officer is Charged

By: Tim Wronka Email
By: Tim Wronka Email

An investigation involving a Harrisonburg police officer allegedly beating a cat to death with his nightstick ended Thursday morning.

Local officer J.N. Snoddy faces a class one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. This is the toughest misdemeanor charge a person can face.

The man who watched the alleged beating on his front porch felt relieved that there is now a charge.

“I still have my moments. The memory is never gonna go away, but it sorta does bring a little closure to it,” said the witness, Wayne Meadows.

The siding and rock work of Meadows’ house remain damaged after a police officer allegedly beat a cat to death with a nightstick.

The scene affected Meadows so much, he had to take time off of work.

“I’m back working now. It doesn’t really affect me as much now as it did. For the first week or two afterwards, I guess I was pretty much a wreck at that point.”

Police say that Officer Snoddy has been put on leave.

“We’ll wait until the court process is complete. From now until then, the officer will remain on administrative leave,” said Mary Hope Public Information Officer with Harrisonburg Police Department.

Meadows is grateful something was done about the alleged beating, but he hopes to see some new training for the police department.

“I guess I’d like to see some training in regards to domestic animals, and I guess animals in general, how to deal with them,” said Meadows.

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