Please Forward--see update at the bottom of page
There is a rumor that Shone Rahrig is back in town
(Columbus) and looking for animals.
He was last thought to be in California. His specialty
is torturing, mutilating and killing cats, but he has
also killed puppies. Be sure on any adoptions
to watch out for him, check driver's licenses, etc.
Heather is going to be sending me some posters with
his picture on it and her business card in case anyone
sees him. It is a violation of his parole to own an
animal, but he may use an alias. Heather is contacting
Franklin County Animal Control
and Capital Area.
Please cross-post and spread the word. I'd love to
catch this creep in the act of trying to adopt and
send him back to jail. If you do satellite adoptions
at pet stores, make sure the store is aware of this
Shon Rahrig has a history of acquiring and adopting
animals, torturing, maiming and murdering companion
animals, mostly cats. He has adopted cats
from Adopt-a-Pet, Citizens for Humane Action and
Hudson Veterinary Hospital. He purchased a cat from
Jack's Aquarium, and his girlfriend, Melissa
LaVance, adopted on his behalf, a puppy from Franklin
County Animal Control
. According to Melissa, he has
also obtained cats from his mother, Nancy Davis
and from friends.
Shon adopted a cat from Citizens for Humane
Action(C.H.A.) on January 26, 1999. In the early
morning hours of February 6, Shon beat the cat, poked
out its eye, broke its jaw legs, and left it bloody and in
agony in a laundry basket in his apartment. He asked
Melissa to come over and get it and take it to
Delaware County Humane Society and tell them she found
it along the road. She instead took it to Columbus
Veterinary Emergency Service (CVES)who humanely
euthanized it due to the extensive nature of its
Melissa contacted C.H.A. and advised them what had
happened (we have the original tape of her message).
C.H.A. transported the body from CVES to Capital Area
Humane Society and filed an abuse report. Shon was
subsequently arraigned and charged with one count of
animal abuse. Shon at first plead not guilty, but
changed his plea to guilty. On September 29,1999,
Judge Pfeiffer sentenced Shon to 90 days in jail (of which
45 were suspended), 5 years probation, mandatory
counseling and he was forbidden from owning any
living thing during the 5 year probation period. He is
to begin serving his sentence on November 1.
UPDATE: Sean was seen in the last three months at the
Petsmart on Sawmill Rd. He was returning a cat tee pee
and said that none of his 4 cats liked it. Customer
tried to follow him but lost him .. His license plate
wasn't registered in his name.