On Thursday, August 14, 2008, the case, The Commonwealth vs. Copi, was tried in Henrico County General District Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Keith Copi of Critter Control was charged for illegally killing three feral cats trapped on the WRLH Fox Richmond property.
Keith Copi, the operator of a Critter Control franchise, was found guilty under a Virginia law that prohibits the “cruel or unnecessary” killing of any cat. At the trial, Mr. Copi admitted trapping and killing the cats, who had been cared for by employees of the television station for years. Mr. Copi was found guilty of three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. For each cat he killed, he was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail sentence and a $250 fine. His license was also revoked.
Alley Cat Rescue applauds the Henrico County Commonwealth's attorney for upholding the law when it comes to animal welfare. We feel that as more and more animal cruelty cases are brought to trial and animal laws are upheld, the closer we come to a society that believes animals have rights and such cruelty against them will not be tolerated. Thank you to our members who attended the trial in support of our feral friends!