SNCF rail operator sued after ‘deliberately overworked’ staff kill pet cat by releasing train | World | News

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The French state railway operator has been accused of “severe abuse and acts of cruelty” for “deliberately” releasing the train with 30 Millions d’Amis (30 Million Friends). The owners Georgia and Melaïna, aged 15, saw the cat’s death, who urgently informed staff about the cat on the tracks.

The operator refused their urgent requests to delay the departure of the train until their pet could be rescued.

The four-year-old cat, Neko, was killed on the tracks at Montparnasse main station in Paris on January 2.

Neko managed to escape from the pet carrier and then jumped onto the tracks and went under a high-speed train that was waiting to be released.

Georgia and Melaïna asked the railway workers to delay the train, but they blamed the couple because the cat was not on a lead.

The head of the animal foundation, Reha Hutin said in a statement that the pet was “crushed knowingly”.

Hutin said: “Besides the abhorrent cruelty of the truth, the animal obeyed the rules, his owners had bought him a ticket to travel with them.

“So it was an SNCF passenger who was crushed knowingly.”

The animal rights group quoted the 15-year-old as saying: “I was screaming, I was panicking, I asked everyone for help… then our cat went kill

“They told us it wasn’t their problem, it was just a cat and we should have kept it on a leash.

“We saw Neko run under a train and… then we saw him cut in half. It was so violent.”

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Maître Xavier Bacquet, a lawyer for the animal rights group, said: “Animals are living beings and you cannot treat old people.

“Here workers deliberately made the decision to start the train despite being told by the owners that their cat was on the tracks.

“It is not an ‘incident’ but an act of cruelty.”

The crime of “severe abuse and cruel acts causing the death of an animal” carries a maximum penalty of a fine of €75,000 (£66,310) or five years in prison.

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