You old hippies from the sixties and seventies remember the Furry Freak Brothers, right? And the crazy things they used to do with their cat, Freddy. Well, one of the brothers is alive and well in the body of a 20-year old dude, Acea Schomaker of Lincoln, Nebraska. Schomaker – in order to calm down an abused cat that he and his girlfriend took in – placed the 6-month old feline into a large, make-shift bong.
Schomaker said that when he smoked marijuana through it, it calmed the cat down. He did it on a number of occasions. Schomaker also told a reporter that he never intended to hurt cat, named Shadow.
He and his girlfriend, Marissa Vieux, took in the cat two months ago because it had been abused by friends. The Associated Press reported:
Schomaker said the cat would bite and scratch them but he didn’t want to discipline it by swatting or squirting water at it. He said they didn’t bring it to an animal shelter because they feared it would be put down.
Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance at the residence ticketed the 20-year-old Schomaker on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty Sunday after catching him smoking marijuana from a boxlike contraption that had the cat stuffed inside its 12-inch by 6-inch base.
Schomaker’s girlfriend, Marissa Vieux, also was ticketed for animal cruelty because she didn’t try to stop Schomaker, Sgt. Andy Stebbing said.
Schomaker said he decided to try the bong method because he had heard about people calming their pets by blowing marijuana smoke in their faces. “I know for sure this isn’t the first time someone has done this,” he said. “I’m just the first one to get caught.”
The AP continued:
He said he put the cat in the bong a total of three times and it seemed to calm the cat. “Every time we took her out she would pretty much just lay down and proceed to clean herself and act like a stoned person,” Schomaker said.
The bong had a foot-long piece of garden hose coming out of a Plexiglas box, with the top secured with duct tape. Schomaker said it was constructed in such a way that the cat did not get immersed in smoke to the extent some might believe.
Schomaker said law enforcement and animal specialists lectured him about why what he did was cruel, and that he learned from his mistake.