[CONTENT WARNING: Animal cruelty, gross inhumanity]
BASTROP, Texas — A Central Texas pastor is being accused of throwing a neighbor’s cat off of a bridge.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” –Matthew 7:20
Rick Bartlett, pastor of the Bastrop Christian Church, is facing animal cruelty charges. Bastrop Police Chief Michael Black said Bartlett admitted that he caught the cat, named Moody, in a trap on Sunday, Jan. 15. Bartlett told them that he was having a problem with feral cats in his garden.
Moody also told police that he had the cat in a cage in the back of his pick-up truck for three days and forgot about him until Tuesday, Jan. 17., when Bartlett brought the cat to police.
An animal control officer noticed a name tag including the phone number of Moody’s owners, Sarah and Eddy Bell, on the cat’s collar. The officer offered to take Moody back to his owners but police said Bartlett told them he’d take the cat back himself since they were his neighbors.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” -Exodus 20:16.
Lying pastor is lying. Also: stupid pastor is stupid. I’m sorry, How exactly does one “forget” that one has trapped a live animal, put it in a cage (failing to notice it is wearing a collar with an I.D. tag), and then kept it in the back of one’s pick-up truck — for three days? I mean, I admit I’ve had some blackout benders in my day, but Jeezuz.
Later on the same day, a park visitor discovered Moody’s near lifeless body on the bank of the Colorado River, some 40-50 feet below a bridge.
The same Animal Control Officer who came to the injured cat’s aid last Tuesday was the same officer who assisted Bartlett earlier that day. She recognized the cat which is how police made the connection to the pastor.
Seems the good pastor also “forgot” to give the cat back to his neighbors. Just threw it off a bridge instead. WTF.
Moody was Sarah and Eddy Bell’s cat for 11 years. They are having a difficult time understanding what happened to the beloved member of their family. Trying to explain his death to their five-year old daughter has proved challenging.
“She also asked me where Moody is now and I said, ‘Baby he’s in Heaven,'” said Sarah. “She knows the man who did this is a pastor at the Bastrop Christian Church and she said, ‘I don’t believe in Heaven anymore, Moody’s just dead.’”
Christian clergy: creating atheists for over 2,000 years.