APD catches juveniles accused of assaulting area cat


On Monday evening, Adrian Police Department identified the people involved in allegedly assaulting a cat the night before.


During the evening hours of April 5, the police department put out a call for information on its Facebook page about the accused crime. According to that post, children were spotted throwing bricks at a cat on Smith Street on Sunday, April 4, around 5 p.m. The cat was taken to the vet by a Good Samaritan and later had to be put down.


Kyle Strickland, chief of APD, said in the post, “This may seem small to some, but statistics show children and adolescents who exhibit this sort of behavior will generally display worse behaviors in life. We would greatly appreciate any information in this matter.”


Within four hours, APD identified the involved, whose names cannot be released due to them being juveniles. Kyle Strickland, chief of police in Adrian, did say “appropriate measures are being taken to seek justice.”


Similarly, APD quickly resolved a hit-and-run earlier in the week. During the early hours of Saturday, April 3, a vehicle parked at city hall was struck. The incident went unreported, and the driver left the scene. The incident was captured on surveillance footage. The department called for the responsible person to turn themselves in by Monday morning to pay for the damages to avoid legal prosecution. As of Monday evening, that case, too, had been resolved.


Anyone with information about the cat assault case or others may call Adrian Police Department at 478-668-3374, city hall at 478-668-3376, or message APD on Facebook. The police department will also take any information through the emergency and non-emergency lines of Johnson and Emanuel counties, depending on where the caller is from.

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