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Man Gets 4 Years for Chopping Cat to Death with Hatchet

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Ragen, convicted cat killer, showing off his pecs.
Grieg Ragen says he was just putting Molly, an eleven-year-old calico cat, out of her misery after she got hit by a car. But the judge didn't buy that story and sentenced him to four years in prison.

The cat killing happened on May 8, 2012, the Post-Dispatch reports. According to a probable-cause statement, Ragen said he found the cat lying on the road, apparently hit by a car. And in order to end the cat's suffering, he grabbed a hatchet and chopped up Molly.

However, a veterinarian's autopsy report showed that the only injury the cat had was a severed spine - apparently from Ragen's hatchet work.

On September 26 a Jefferson County jury found Ragen guilty of felony animal abuse, a class D felony under Missouri law that is subject to a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Circuit judge Troy Cardona gave Ragen the maximum.

How does Missouri rank in severity of punishments for animal abusers? Continue reading to find out (and to watch the cutest cat video ever).

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41 comments
anonymous
anonymous

My husband and I are going to make a donation to the Jefferson County Humane Society in Molly's memory.  That is the best way to make something positive out of the horrible way Molly died.  She didn't deserve this.  It may also offer some comfort to Lin Chen, Molly's owner.

anonymous
anonymous

My husband and I are going to make a donation to the Jefferson County Humane Society in Molly's memory.  That is the best way to make something positive out of the horrible way Molly died.  She didn't deserve this.  It may also offer some comfort to Lin Chen, Molly's owner.

Tyler Garrett
Tyler Garrett

If he was trying to end the animal's suffering, there were better ways to do it. Still though, unless he has multiple prior offenses 4 years in prison seem unreasonably long.

anonymous
anonymous

Grieg Ragen is my brother and he would NEVER intentionally or maliciously hurt, maim or kill ANY animal. While I was not present that evening, I believe he acted out of a decision to humanely put this precious pet out of it's misery. YES, he made a terrible decision in the way he chose to do this (I'm also not convinced that the media has, once again, sensationalized the facts). My brother's love for animals has ALWAYS been genuine and even in times of financial distress he chose to feed his own pets before feeding himself.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Idiot. Those who torture animals will be violent toward humans too. It is a psychological FACT. That guy is a very bad joke.

Ben Manson
Ben Manson

This title abotu using guns is extremely offensive and facetious.

Richard Kyles
Richard Kyles

Sigh...They are ignorant, I am shocked they haven't blamed it on guns and atheist , or bullies.

Richard Kyles
Richard Kyles

That is quite possibly the most idiotic statement I have ever seen.

Timothy Burch
Timothy Burch

Jefferson county redneck meth addicted cat killer. I hope we don't have any copycats!

thelphq
thelphq

I see by his Facebook profile that he's a Michael Savage fan and a Freeper.  Well, say no more!

Sarah Stum
Sarah Stum

It starts with animals and progresses to people. This guy is dangerous. I'm glad he is getting the max sentence. Hopefully an animal loving cell mate will rape him every night.

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

exactly what I was getting at. He was being sarcastic but where is the room to make a joke here?

Melissa Hamilton
Melissa Hamilton

Thats it! Why is that when animal is abused stupid humans get a slap on the wrist. Oh but if a humans hurts or kills another human its a death sentence or life in prison. There is NO difference between an animal and a human life. Thats crap I want to chop humans up that abuse animals but yet ill go to jail for life for it

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Ummm the vet who did the necropsy said the only injuries the cat had were from the hatchet. Too stupid to make up a better story it guess

Candi Boone
Candi Boone

Even if he was, there is nothing funny about this. I'm all for joking about almost anything, but this is sad.

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

Four years is much too light a sentence. I hope he get butt-fucked 100 times a day and gets colon cancer. Animal abuse is the lowest form of any behavior you can have.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Ugh. "guns"? Who writes these terrible status updates? As for the article-- I hope someone puts him out of his misery by hacking him up. jerk.

Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith

There are a lot of people that consider all life sacred, that a human has no more rights then a cat. 10 years in a padded room sounds good to me.

Kayleigh Vogelgesang
Kayleigh Vogelgesang

Yeah I am hoping he tries to kill someone in prison. It may be 'just a cat' but a life was taken. Life is important and anyone who murders a cat should get a sentence equal to that of murdering a human.

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

I'll never understand stuff like this. It's just grotesque and cruel beyond belief.

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

does anyone at rft proofread these articles before they are posted?

Nathan Nico Vize
Nathan Nico Vize

If it was a human, than his excuse wouldn't have had a chance and he would be rotting for life.

Nathan Nico Vize
Nathan Nico Vize

Ray Downs, I believe that you meant to write "buy that story..." And good call by the judge. Let the man rot.

Sandra Lemenaitė-Dumm
Sandra Lemenaitė-Dumm

that caption is (I guess) making fun of his muscles and cocky 'selfie' but it is in poor taste

Luke Valleroy
Luke Valleroy

When did cats get the same rights as humans?

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

Im trying to figure out the comment aabout using the guns???

Kyler Thomas
Kyler Thomas

^ You hope the alledged cat killer attempts people killing? wut

Kayleigh Vogelgesang
Kayleigh Vogelgesang

I hope he screws up and tries to hack someone to death while he's in there and has to stay there for life. Rot, animal killer.

KITTY
KITTY

It's a shame we can't harken back to the times where there was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Someone should take an axe to this son of a bitch!

KITTY
KITTY

@anonymous Give me an axe and your innocent brother will get what's coming to him.


mytleo941
mytleo941

I hope that human waste of a person gets a cell mate named Ms.Roxy who likes his guns but loves cats.  Then Ms.Roxy can show him how much a little pussy(cat) loves the new fresh fish.being served on their block.  Ms. Roxy shes not greedy I know she'll share with all the neighbors.  His mother should of used a condum!!! Rot in HELL you FUCK WAD..






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