July, 30 2012
An animal cruelty charge against a Harrisonburg police officer accused of beating a cat to death has been dismissed.
Media outlets report that a special prosecutor dismissed the misdemeanor charge Monday on appeal.
Jonathan Snoddy was charged in January after a resident told investigators that the officer beat the cat with a baton. The resident said he took the cat home on Nov. 11, 2011, after a car hit the animal and called Harrisonburg authorities.
Snoddy was convicted of animal cruelty in March following a bench trial. He appealed the conviction.
Page County Commonwealth's Attorney Ken Alger said Monday that the incident was more a case of misinformation and sensationalism instead of a crime.