Justice For Murdered Pet Cat Moody

  • By: Sarah & Eddy Bell
  • Target: Rick Bartlett, Pastor for the Bastrop Christian Church and Police Chaplain, should serve the MAXIMUM sentence for this crime, no less!
Rick Bartlett, Pastor for Bastrop Christian Church and Police Chaplain, was arrested for animal cruelty in relation to the death of our 12 year old cat, Moody.  
Our sweet cat was trapped by Rick Bartlett our neighbor who lives three houses down the street.  He was held without food or water for days before his death.  Bartlett claims he "forgot about him".. He also claims he thought Moody was a feral cat, even though he was friendly, neutered, and had a collar with ID tags.  
When he finally "remembered" he had our pet, he took Moody to Bastrop Animal Control, but they told him Moody needed to be returned home because he was someones pet.  They offered to take Moody back home, but Bartlett said he wanted to do it himself.  
Five hours after Animal Control last saw Moody with Rick Bartlett, we received a phone call from a local veterinary clinic.  The receptionist who called us claimed Moody had been thrown from the downtown bridge that runs over the Colorado River, a 50ft drop, and was struggling to survive.  We told them to do whatever it took to save him, we didn't care about cost, and we rushed to the clinic.  The veterinarian examined Moody and noted he was suffering internal damage consistent with blunt force trauma, including punctured lungs.  His pads torn from his feet, and strangely bleeding from his penis as well.  Moody succumbed to his injuries and died just a few hours later.  
Rick Bartlett has changed his story a couple of times, he doesn't claim that he threw Moody off the bridge, but we still feel we don't know where the truth lies.  In his final admission, he reports that after he left Animal Control, he did not take Moody home like he said he would.  He ran errands in town, to his bank and his church (over 2 miles away from our home - where Moody was supposed to be taken!).  Then, decided he would let Moody out of the trap, loose in the open bed of his truck, and he began to drive.  He said he just hoped Moody would jump out at some point while he was driving.  
Next thing we hear, Moody is unable to move, at the bottom of the bridge, clinging to life.  We do not believe Rick Bartlett ever had any intentions of getting our beloved Moody back home to us.  We believe that Rick Bartlett knowingly put Moody in a situation that would result in harm being caused, including death.  We want everyone to join us in making sure Rick Bartlett serves the maximum sentence for this crime, no less!  
We the undersigned believe that Rick Bartlett should be assigned the MAXIMUM sentence for this crime!  
Rick Bartlett, Pastor for Bastrop Christian Church and Police Chaplain, was arrested for animal cruelty in relation to the death of our 12 year old cat, Moody. Our sweet cat was trapped by Rick Bartlett our neighbor who lives three houses down the street.  He was held without food or water for days before his death.  Bartlett claims he "forgot about him".. He also claims he thought Moody was a feral cat, even though he was friendly, neutered, and had a collar with ID tags.  
When he finally "remembered" he had our pet, betook Moody to Bastrop Animal Control, but they told him Moody needed to be returned home because he was someones pet.  They offered to take Moody back home, but Bartlett said he wanted to do it himself.  
Five hours after Animal Control last saw Moody with Rick Bartlett, we received a phone call from a local veterinary clinic, claiming Moody had been thrown from the downtown bridge thank runs over the Colorado River, a 50ft drop, and was struggling to survive.  We told them to do whatever it took to save him, we didn't care about cost!  
The veterinarian examined Moody and noted he was suffering internal damage consistent with blunt force trauma, including punctured lungs.  His pads torn from his feet, and strangely bleeding from his penis as well.  Despite their best efforts to save him, Moody succumbed to his injuries and died just a few hours later.  
Rick Bartlett has changed his story a couple of times, we don't know where the truth lies.  In his final admission, he reports that after he left Animal Control, he did not take Moody home like he said he would.  He ran errands in town, to his bank and his church (over 2 miles away from our home - where Moody was supposed to be taken!).  Then, decided he would let Moody out of the trap, loose in the open bed of his truck, and he began to drive.  He said he just hoped Moody would jump out at some point while he was driving.  
Next thing we hear, Moody is unable to move, at the bottom of the bridge, clinging to life.  We do not believe Rick Bartlett ever had any intentions of getting our beloved Moody back home to us.  We believe that Rick Bartlett knowingly put Moody in a situation that would result in harm being caused, including death.  We want everyone to join us in making sure Rick Bartlett serves the maximum sentence for this crime, no less!  
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