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Family speaks out after finding kitten hanged in their yard

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 1:48pm

Jarriet Boatner and his daughter Sandra Johnson woke Sunday morning to a gruesome sight.

"When my dad got up Sunday morning he discovered that the little kitten was hanging there in the tree, with the noose around his neck in the tree," Johnson said as she described the brutal scene that claimed the life of her kitten.

Johnson claims for years her father has been harassed, by who they're not sure, but this time she thinks those same people are trying to send them a message of hate.

"You come outside, you see your animal hanging from a tree with a noose around his neck that's serious, that's just serious and someone is trying to send a message," Johnson said.

Click Here to see a photograph of the cat as it was found by the family. Warning, this is a graphic image.

Neighbor and close friend Roy Cook said he's never experienced the level of harassment Boatner has gone through, even though he only lives two miles down the road. Cook said there's no doubt in his mind this is a hate crime.

"He's being targeted yes very much so, and antagonized," Cook said.

Despite the traumatizing experience Johnson says it took days for a deputy to come to her father's home.

"You know somebody should have come out because it's getting to a point now where it's dangerous," Johnson explained.

NBC33 also checked in with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, they say they've received the report after a deputy spoke to Johnson on the phone, and they're taking this matter very seriously. At this time it's still under investigation.

"If the law can't help us, they can't get out here, they can't stop them. What are you going to do? Stand there and let somebody kill you," queried Cook.

Johnson said she's hoping by speaking out she'll find the person responsible for terrorizing her family.

"It puts fear in you, you come out and you have a little innocent kitten that's hung, noose around his neck. We don't know if somebody's going to kill us. We don't know what. It’s just frightening down in here."

After NBC33 News made calls to the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon. Johnson said a deputy was sent out to speak to them in person and photograph the scene.
 

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There is a teacher here in Clinton who was harassed for YEARS and the law did not do nothing about it. I heard that they even told her to stop calling them. She reported kids with a noose in her classroom at the private school . The school fired her, and people threw grabage in her yard, and put a noose on her property. Kids screamed curses at her if they saw her in her yard. They egged her house and the cops helped the boys that did it get away.Her name is Willis and she lives in Clinton.

That is the kind of stories I've all over the parish. Stories of how the sheriff's office simply refused to investigate an incident that was important to a resident. I find that the sheriff's office is very afraid of media coverage. I have been told stories of coverups. It doesn't suprise me at all that these people are not getting the attention they deserve. I am willing to bet that the deputy took photographs and wrote a short report that will be filed away and forgotten.

Hi, horrible things like the killing of an innocent kitten should not be forgotten and put away in some drawer. Eugenia Renskoff

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