Local woman says sheriff targeting her for reporting dead cat tied to truck

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4 | @KMOVMatt

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

(KMOV) – An Illinois woman said her local sheriff is targeting her for trying to report what she believed was a despicable crime.

Lawanda Amanda Klaas said via Skype that the Calhoun County Sheriff knocked on her door this week after she posted a photo on Facebook that went viral.

"I have been told I have to take it down, I have no right to put it up on Facebook and I had to apologize to these people for doing so,” said Klaas.

On Sunday, Klaas snapped a photo after seeing a dead cat tied to the back bumper of a pickup truck.

Calhoun County Sheriff Bill Heffington told her to take it down and to apologize to the truck’s owner.

Klaas said another deputy didn’t even seem interested when she called them to the scene.

"When he got it he didn't spend five minutes there doing anything about it he disposed of the cat and that was the end of it he told us don't worry about it he was an old man and he forgot it was tied there,” she said.

No one knows if the cat was dragged by the truck but Klaas said the sheriff’s department just seemed to laugh this one off. She said she was very angry by how officials handled the situation.

This case was reportedly closed but Illinois does have laws against animal cruelty and torture. News 4 will continue to follow the developments of this story.

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