September 01, 2021

Nine Lives of Crime



Nine Lives of Crime
"Pushok" in Russian means "Fluff Ball," which honestly is a pretty apt description for this animal.  Photo via 47news.ru

In the village of Oslavye (Leningrad region), there appear to be some catfights going around. As a result, Pushok the cat has narrowly evaded a legal battle. 

In an official complaint to administrative authorities, the cat's neighbor accused him of not only hunting her turkeys and geese but also of sitting outside her fence in the middle of the night and "teasing [her] dogs."

In a conversation with reporters, the neighbor further suggested that cats are pets, and, as such, they should be kept at home. The owner responded with a statement that most cat owners would agree with: "Cats are cats. They go where they wish."   

To add more to the drama, the owner suspects that this entire allegation is simply just a ploy for revenge, after last month he himself had filed a complaint against the neighbor's noisy dogs (and poor Pushok just happened to get caught in the middle of it all). Alas, the "cats vs dogs" war continues to wage on. 

Luckily for Pushok, the charges against him were dropped since, according to officials, there was no proper evidence to prove that Pushok did indeed commit these acts. Russian criminal justice does exist after all... well, maybe just for cute cats (or inanimate objects).

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