Cat trial postponed
The trial for accused cat shooter George Seymour has been postponed to August 22 at 3pm.
Seymour had been scheduled to appear in Albemarle County District Court this morning for his alleged role in the shooting of Carmen, a three-year-old cat belonging to his neighbors, Klaus and Vanessa Wintersteiger.
As detailed in the Hook's May 18 cover story, "Claws and Effect: Bentivar shooting sparks outrage," Carmen was shot through the neck on the night of April 24. She dragged herself home, where the Wintersteigers discovered her and took her to the emergency vet clinic. She was euthanized that night, and by the next day, police had arrested Seymour– who allegedly confessed to the shooting– and charged him with a class one misdemeanor.
Though Seymour faces up to a year behind bars and up to a $2,500 fine, animal rights activists are using the case as a platform for their stance on toughening Virginia's animal cruelty laws.