Cat Suffocated In Can; Woman Charged With Cruelty

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

A 72-year-old Nicholas County woman faces animal cruelty charges. She's accused of suffocating a cat by locking it in a tin can.

Carlisle Police Officer Brad Weaver says Nancy E. Hatfield admitted to killing the animal after neighbors found the remains in a nearby dumpster.

"She told me she was extremely sorry for what she did and she didn't have any idea why she did it," Weaver said.

Hatfield's neighbor, Amber Hogg says she knew Hatfield was capable of the alleged crime because she had threatened to kill another stray cat last year.

Hogg says she became suspicious when she saw Hatfield lure the cat into her apartment, then carry a trash bag out into the dumpster a few hours later.

"I seen her take the bag out and we went through it. We opened it up, found a tin can. It took a little bit of time getting the tape off it. She had stuffed the cat inside of it," Hogg claims.

It's a crime neighbors say deserves punishment.

"I think she needs to be punished for what she's done. If she can do it to an animal, what is to say she can't do it to a child?" Hogg asked.

The cat had just given birth to six kittens four days ago. They have since then been adopted

Hatfield has been charged with animal cruelty. She is expected in court April 30th.


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  • by Betie Location: 0666 on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    They had no right of digging through her trash its a cat for gods sake not a child she is 72 years old leave the poor old woman alone
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    I personally have three cats. All are well taken care of. I can gaurantee if anyone even TRIED to kill one of them.....well, you can guess what would happen.
  • by liam Location: totton on Jan 3, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    well this cat came to ouer door homeles cat i got soome milk and put it in a pole my mum came out and scard the cat away i never forgot wate hapepend i never saw that cat agen from liam ps my mum i will not forgif her ever!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by tanya Location: frankfort on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:02 AM
    (edited) You don't stuff a cat in a can because we "have too many strays", there is a better process. This is a sign of cruelty that people have towards animals, and in turn towards people!
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Apr 20, 2008 at 08:57 PM
    I am with the other one that asked the question...Does she have something wrong with her mentally? Another thing I can say is I have 2 cats, both have been spayed and neutered and LIVE INDOORS! If pet owners would take care of their pets people wouldn't have to take matters on themselves. I am NOT CONDONING what the lady did but who owned the cat and why was the cat roaming free?
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Apr 20, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    @Steve Location: Lexington So by your logic kids that fish or hunt with there dads are predisposed to become a human murderer or sociopath? Have you never met some one over 40 with nothin to do but fish hunt and shoot birds or frogs? I dont do any of those but I have hunted before and no one I know that did any of that is a human killer now. So before you try to misquote broken pschology prerequisistes on sociapathic behavior not necassarley murder behaviour go back to class or at least grab a book.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    Aww. Don't worry about Nancy. The courts in Nicholas County will let her go, like they do every one else there who commits a serious crime despite overwhelming evidence. Remember the time Nicholas County's grand jury failed to return any felony indictments against the man who was charged with 55 felony counts of violating graves on Christmas eve in the Carlisle Cemetery? They just charged him with a few counts of criminal mischief. What a sick joke. At most, Nancy will probably get a warning from the court not to do it again, IF she is even found guilty. Then she can return home and continue to kill stray cats. The greatest lesson Nancy will learn from this criminal experience is to better conceal the dead cats from her neighbors when she disposes of them.
  • by JV Location: Lexington on Apr 19, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    I agree with Cat Owner. I would much prefer to humanely euthanize them myself but I would imagine my neighbors and and Fayette police would frown on gun fire within the city limits. Instead I trap them and take them and dump them somewhere. I got fed up with irresponsible pet owners allowing their animals to wreck several hundred dollars of my garden and flower beds. It is ridiculous there are no laws to hold cat owners accountable for anything while dog owners are always having to walk a thin line. This old lady should not be charged. I am sure there is more to the story though, she could have went about it all a bit differently.
  • by Judy Location: Pineville on Apr 19, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    There are tooo many cats now. People bring them from everywhere and drop them off where I live. They get under the floor and tear out insulation and duct work. Just can't get rid of them.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Apr 19, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Human killers often start off by killing animals just to get the "God-complex rush" of being in control of a life and taking it from them. This woman needs to be in jail or a mental hospital for evaluation before she lures someone's child into her apartment. Keep your kids indoors in Nicholas County and don't let them roam onto someone else's property or this old woman or Cat Owner might take them from you forever too!

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