Police in Lafayette ticketed a 19-year-old man Wednesday on suspicion of tethering his cat to a rock
after the pet refused to go jogging with him
Lafayette police Sgt. Fred Palmer said the man, Seth Franco
, of Lafayette, brought his cat on a leash to the path around Waneka Lake Park near Baseline Road and U.S. 287.
"Apparently, the individual was trying to jog with the animal on a leash and the animal was either unwilling or unable to keep up
," Palmer said.
According to Palmer, Franco secured the cat's leash to a rock while he finished his run. A passerby saw the cat and called police. According to police radio traffic, the cat was being attacked by a flock of birds while it was tied to the rock.
Lafayette animal control officers responded and found Franco retrieving his cat. Franco was ticketed on suspicion of "domestic animal cruel treatment," a municipal offense.
"Our ordinance prohibits that kind of tethering," Palmer said.
The cat was not injured, so it was released to its owner, Palmer said.
Messages sent to a Facebook account for a Seth Franco in the Boulder area were not returned. The social media site contains numerous images of a rescued cat, Stella, including some with the cat on a leash outside.