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Pa. woman charged in assault could go into probation program

Police say suspect threw cat through window of dog law enforcement officer's car

Police say suspect threw cat through window of dog law enforcement officer's car

December 26, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? A Waynesboro, Pa., woman charged with assaulting a dog law enforcement officer with a cat will likely be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, her attorney said.

Aimee Thorsen of 604 Clayton Ave. waived her preliminary hearing last week on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Attorney Eric Weisbrod said the Franklin County District Attorney's Office has offered to resolve the case by placing Thorsen in the ARD program for a year.

Those who complete the probationary program can have charges against them dismissed. Thorsen would also plead guilty to the summary violations for not having the cat licensed or vaccinated, Weisbrod said.

Waynesboro police charged Thorsen with throwing the cat through the passenger-side window of Dog Law Enforcement Officer Georgia Martin's truck on Oct. 22. The day before, Candy Clopper, who works for the Antietam Humane Society, was visiting friends when she saw a cat roaming the neighborhood, police said.

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Clopper was petting the cat when it bit her on the arm, drawing blood. She went to Thorsen's house, asking her if the cat was hers and if it had a current rabies vaccination.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Thorsen said the cat was hers and it was vaccinated. When Clopper told Thorsen she was going to check with a veterinarian to confirm the vaccination, Thorsen became angry, police said.

Police say woman threw cat through window

The next day, Clopper and Martin went to the house to find the cat and speak with Thorsen, police said. Thorsen at first told Martin it was a stray cat, but then said she fed it and kept it inside during the winter, but that it was not vaccinated, police said.

Martin told Thorsen the cat would have to quarantined or Clopper would have to undergo rabies shots at Thorsen's expense, police said. Thorsen became angry and told Martin she had to go to work and did not have time to look for the cat, police said.

Thorsen picked up the cat and threw it through the window of Martin's vehicle, police said. Martin told Thorsen to get the cat out of her truck and follow her to the humane society. Thorsen banged on the truck and Martin pulled away, thinking she was going to put the cat back in the vehicle, police said.

Thorsen did follow Martin to the humane society and turned the cat over for quarantine, police said.

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