Man Accused Of Shaking Cat Out Of Carrier, Into River

Published: June 14, 2021 at 06:04 AM Author: Penny Eims

An Iowa man is facing charges for allegedly shaking a cat out of a carrier, and into the Cedar River. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has identified 86-year-old Lloyd Wallace Baird as the man who shook the cat out of the carrier from the 3rd Avenue Bridge and into the Cedar River on May 10.

Baird is charged with Animal Abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor. Please sign the petition today to hold Lloyd Baird fully accountable for his cruel actions!

According to the police, Lloyd Wallace Baird not only dumped his cat into the river, he lied about it. In a release, the Cedar Rapids Police stated that Baird came to the police station and asked if his cat had been found, he then told them that his cat “panicked and jumped in the water” after he stopped to show the feline the river. The authorities stated that Baird, “denied intentionally throwing the cat into the river.”

But Baird’s story didn’t hold water based on witness statements, AND surveillance video. According to the authorities, video footage showed this man intentionally dumping his cat into the river. The police stated that Baird could be seen, “leaning over the rail of the bridge, holding the carrier over the river with the door open and facing down. Baird then shook the carrier causing the cat to fall from the carrier and into the river.”

The female cat was rescued from the river after a good Samaritan reported what happened to the police. A Cedar Rapids Police officer located the cat attempting to get out of the river on a rocky incline near May’s Island. Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies also arrived on scene and helped remove the cat from underneath a rock next to the water.

According to the police, the cat is currently at the Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control shelter recuperating from her terrifying ordeal. When she first arrived, her temperature was seven degrees below normal, but x-rays did not reveal any broken bones. Despite what happened to her, she is expected to recover.

Please stand with us as we petition to have Lloyd Wallace Baird receive the maximum sentence for his crime – what he did is unacceptable!


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Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Update 9/17/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the sentencing has been reset to Sept. 30, 2021.

Update 8/26/2021: Animal Victory has learned that sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2021.

Update 7/09/2021: Animal Victory has learned that a written agreement and plea of not guilty was entered on 7/07/2021. A case management conference is scheduled for 8/18/2021 and the jury trial is scheduled on 10/18/2021 at 9 a.m.

Update 6/14/2021: AV sent 16,501 signatures along with your comments and our PETITION LETTER to Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks.


Man Accused Of Shaking Cat Out Of Carrier, Into River

2,144 signatures = 14% of goal

2,144 LYNDA HOOPER Sep 22, 2021
2,143 H LePage Apply the law of retaliation Sep 21, 2021
2,142 H Lepage Throw that murderer on the river with a bloc of ciment on his feet Sep 21, 2021
2,141 lucrezia zaniboni Sep 20, 2021
2,140 isabelle dazy Sep 20, 2021
2,139Anonymous Sep 19, 2021
2,138 RODOLFO GALLARDO Sep 19, 2021
2,137 Rose Miras Sep 18, 2021
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2,135 Lisa Salazar Sep 18, 2021
2,134 Angelique Boekhout Sep 18, 2021
2,133 Margaret Touw Sep 18, 2021
2,132 Sabine Fontaine Sep 18, 2021
2,131 Jaqueline Dillman Sep 18, 2021
2,130 Rosemary Knopff Sep 18, 2021
2,129 Sara Graziosa Sep 17, 2021
2,128 Teri Paszotta We need tougher laws, more judges with balls to hand down stiffer sentences & justice to those affected by sick abusers of animals in our communities. It's going on in your city and those that prey on the most vulnerable are WEAK COWARDS & THE LOWEST, POOREST EXCUSE OF BEINGS WALKING THIS EARTH! Sep 17, 2021
2,127 Penny Skaff This man needs to have the same treatment he gave to that poor cat, and after that he needs to serve time with inmates who are animal lovers. Sep 17, 2021
2,126 Joanne Amos Sep 17, 2021
2,125 Keith DeMetz Sep 16, 2021
2,124 Lisa DeMetz Sep 16, 2021
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2,121 Connie Miller Sep 16, 2021
2,120 Suzanne Flanegan Sep 16, 2021
2,119 Ingrid Rasel Sep 16, 2021
2,118 Linda Focht Sep 15, 2021
2,117 Beverley Harris Tie him up and throw him in the river Sep 15, 2021
2,116 Virginia Lovett Evil Is Everywhere ! Sep 15, 2021
2,115 Lynne Malin Sep 15, 2021