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Owner reported after Södertälje cat stabbing
The cat in the picture is not the one mentioned in the article.

Owner reported after Södertälje cat stabbing

Published: 02 Dec 2011 10:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2011 10:37 GMT+01:00

“I am sad and angry. It is cowardly to report me anonymously, as I was in the papers with name and picture published, I haven’t hid anything from any one,” owner Ann-Britt Granström said to local paper Länstidningen.

The Local reported in September how Granström had been curled up in bed next to her cat, a beloved bedfellow for 13 years, when the cuddly companion suddenly started attacking her.

Granström was badly scratched by the cat, and trying to defend herself against the furious feline, Granström got one of her neighbours to help her, while she phoned emergency services.

At the alarm centre, however, they didn’t think she needed emergency help and told her to go to the nearest clinic.

Meanwhile, the neighbour, wearing rubber gloves, failed at luring the aggressive animal out from under the bed to where it had retreated.

While Granström hid in the bedroom, three other neighbours managed to overpower the animal and kill it by stabbing it to death with a knife.

After local media had reported on the incident, the county council received a complaint about how Granström had handled the affair.

The complaint stated that Granström should have caught the cat and found out what was wrong with it.

If indeed it had to be put down, the complainant wrote, this should have been done at the animal clinic as the cat probably had been acting aggressively due to illness, reported Länstidningen.

However, at the council they don’t think it is up to them to take the matter further.

“The cat is already dead, and it would be hard to prove that anything untoward had happened this long after,” a council official told the paper.

The council referred the matter to the police, who in their turn decided to drop the case.

“Our intention was to speak to the owner about who actually killed the cat. But I can’t see how we could prove a crime had been committed so the case will be dropped,” said Kicki Samuelsson of the police told the paper.

However, although the 38 scratches Granström’s former feline friend gave her have healed, she is still smarting from the fact that someone reported her to authorities, despite the fact it wasn’t her wielding the weapon.

“Whomever filed the report anonymously wasn’t there either, this person can’t know that we had no other option than to have the cat killed there and then. It wasn’t something I wished for,” she told Länstidnngen.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:26 December 2, 2011 by Paddy
There wouldn't be a cat in hells chance of a conviction were this to be taken further!
11:43 December 2, 2011 by eppie
Happened to me once. After 3 years living with me all of a sudden I got attacked by my pet rabbit fluffy. The guy almost killed me so I had to call in the neighbours. While I was hiding for 3 hours in the bathroom the 7 neighbours managed to catch fluffy and then killed him with an axe. Sounds harsh but it was the only way to silent this monster once and for all.
12:03 December 2, 2011 by Paddy
Sounds like that was a very hairy moment!
12:22 December 2, 2011 by philster61
Eppie:

Been watching too much Monty Pythin ...but I sympathize. Fear the rabbit....
12:40 December 2, 2011 by Paddy
It's no joke. My goldfish went apesh@t one day and attacked me when I was trying to flush him down the toilet. He somehow managed to latch his lips onto me - and f@ck me, the suction was something else! Luckily my next door neighbours at the time were both doormen at the local nightclub and heard the screaming. Between them they managed to pull him off - which strangely is the only way to calm down an angry goldfish.
13:23 December 2, 2011 by occassional
A typical Mrs. Slocombe and pussy story.
19:03 December 2, 2011 by tadchem
The coward "Anonymous" strikes again!

Anon just loves meddling in peoples' lives, making other people miserable and prompting annoying new regulations that are inconvenient to everyone.

Obviously Anon has never tried to bathe a flea-ridden cat.

As I learned growing up in Texas, "The only thing that can lick its weight in wildcats is another wildcat."
21:46 December 2, 2011 by jvtx3232
Maybe that cat was afflicted with rabies.
22:44 December 2, 2011 by rumcajs
Wait.... if the cat was already under the bed, it represent any danger any more and 3 people killed it... I don't see the need. In the other hand.... I would f***n' drop the case too coz I don't think the owner would've kept it and who the hell else would've???
02:17 December 3, 2011 by MrAgent007
These people responsible for the needless killing of the cat should do society a favor and cease to exist. This is just asinine and so are those authorities for dropping this animal cruelty case. Hopefully all people involved will be killed by an automobile accident and hopefully it will be a slow and painful death. IDIOTS!
04:00 December 3, 2011 by sufiraz
OMG- I thought you Sweds were more humane and conscious than us Americans... :) Sad indeed... really tragic to murder a 10 pound cat that attacked a 170 pound woman.... She was in no imminent danger--unless the cat was the Devil ... makes no sense at all...
14:15 December 5, 2011 by biddi
I believe the cat had some medical problem - maybe the brian.

What happend was horrible and the matter should be investigated and the killer/s investigated. Typical Sweden to 'drop the case'.

Remember the guy that recently smuggled in reptiles etc? He got

60 hours community service. How pathetic can this get? I am very glad this case was reported. Mr Agent007 says it all.
20:03 December 7, 2011 by waffen
Killing the animal after the same had hid under the bed, and by stabbing the animal to death, is cruel and indefensible behaviour.

She had the animal for 13 years, yet she allowed the same to be killed in this manner by her neighbors?

Perhaps there is something much more worse with her and her neighbors than there might have been with the cat.

Did she roll onto the cat, and the sleeping cat, suddenly and rudely awakened, acted in self-defense? Did she even consider this possibilty before allowing a pet of over a dozen years to be cruelly murdered?

I have stroked the pet cat here cat at night, and forgetting about the static electricity build-up from that activity, inadvertently shocked the cat on the head, causing an immediate hissing activity.

I do not blame the cat for one second for her reaction, and I would never have considered disciplining her over the incident.

No one owns another living creature, we share the same space as equals, and humankind has no dominion over other life forms but rather a stewardship with those forms as equals.

Cats are much more evolved to survive that are humans, and can do so, which in my opinion puts them one step up on the evolutionary ladder from humans.
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