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Couple charged with animal cruelty after their cat was seen with long hair

By Mason White 11:31 AM August 11, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A couple was horrified after being charged with animal cruelty because their cat had long hair.

The family of the United Kingdom, went through a 15-month legal battle because of the long hair of their cat.

Richard Byrnes and his wife Samantha, were charged with animal cruelty after a neighbor complained that the hair of 16-year-old Claude was too tangled.

Inspectors seized and killed the animal. They even refused a request to delay the execution for a few hours, to allow the Byrnes children to say goodbye to their pet.

53-year-old Richard, said that the cat hated being groomed. After the couple reluctantly agreed to put the cat to sleep, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals accused the two of cruelty to animals.

Eventually, prosecutors dropped the case because it was not in the public’s interest to pursue the charges. Richard also said that he was shocked by the cruelty of the animals rights organization.