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Opossum felony charge must stick

Allegedly, Carter Livingston hit an opossum with a meat cleaver 44 times, while children were watching and objecting as the animal cried out in pain. He ignored the pleas, videotaped the torture/killing while calmly describing what he was doing, and then posted it for his “friends” on Facebook. He seems to have lost a lot of friends as he has shown a frightening dark side that needs counseling.

With the lack of compassion and utter brutality shown in the video, any plea bargain that does not include a felony is a travesty. DA Clifford Newell has tremendous support for prosecuting this case with the local (and national) animal rescue groups, their supporters and people who would not ordinarily call themselves activists. Newell must send a strong message: Animal cruelty will not be tolerated. At the 1 p.m. hearing today (Oct. 28), people of conscience will again show their support for upholding the law and protecting society, as well as wildlife and pets.

One who admits his guilt, honestly repents, and pays the price humbly and courageously, can be forgiven and move on. If not, the crime haunts for a lifetime.

As for Nevada County, we must step up, stand up, and be seen as a place where we protect the most vulnerable.

Kathy Labelle

Grass Valley

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