Animal Cruelty Case Against Va. Officer Dismissed

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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.

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