From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2012
WASHINGTON D.C.— Convicted in District of Columbia Superior
Court of misdemeanor attempted cruelty to animals on October 31,
2011, anti-feral cat ornithologist Nico Dauphine was on December 14,
2011 sentenced to do 120 hours of community service, spend a year on
probation, and pay a fine of $100, with 180 days in jail suspended.
Dauphine is prohibited from volunteering or working with cats during
her time on probation. A security camera caught Dauphine allegedly
trying to poison cats on March 2, 2011. Employed at the time by the
National Zoo, Dauphine has authored papers attacking neuter/return
feral cat control which have been distributed and cited by the
American Bird Conservancy and the Wildlife Society.
In other alleged crimes by birders:
* Agronomist Gregory F. Kerr, 53, of River Falls,
Wisconsin, on December 12, 2011 pleaded not guilty to a felony
charge of mistreatment of animals causing death. Kerr was charged
with shooting his neighbor’s cat in May 2011.
* John G. Rocha, 82, of Windsor, Connecticut, was on
January 4, 2012 charged with illegally shooting a black bear who
damaged his bird feeder.