More news from the cat beat. This story comes from the BBC…
Fifty-three-year-old Christine Hemming has been married for 30 years to a liberal member of Parliament named John Hemming. They have 3 children and 5 cats.
John is such a chronic philanderer, he once entered a contest to be named “Love Rat of the Year.” His affair with Emily Cox produced a daughter, now 4 years old, who was given a gray tabby kitten named Beauty.
Christine gave John permission to keep seeing Emily, as long as he always came home to Christine and her kids.
Well, John moved out in September 2010, so Christine went to Emily’s house (which John had bought for her) to drop off John’s mail. The door was unlocked, and Christine went inside, walking out with Beauty under her arm. It was all caught on surveillance video.
Christine says she remembers the kitten rubbing against her legs and thinking, “’Not only has he replaced me, he’s replaced our cats.” But then she claims no recollection whatsoever of taking Beauty nor, presumably, of driving home with a kitten loose in the car.
Yeah, right. And I’m really a rabbit.
But then her memory returns and she claims she tried to return Beauty by going back to Emily’s neighborhood and pushing Beauty under the fence of SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE.
Beauty hasn’t been seen since.
Charges were filed, and Christine was found guilty of burglary. She’s to be sentenced October 28.
We can only hope that Beauty found a new home and she’s living happily ever after with stable people who love her.
Having recently been a 4-month-old kitten myself, I can imagine the terror Beauty felt while she was in Christine’s clutches.
If it’s ever discovered that Christine really snuffed Beauty out of spite and tossed her into somebody’s dumpster, I hope Christine’s 5 cats have claws and don’t hesitate to use them.