Pop-country powerhouse Carrie Underwood was cited and released for kitten-punching earlier this week, a source at the Franklin County Police Department revealed exclusively to Country California partner FNN (Fake News Network) earlier this morning.
Underwood first attracted attention from the staff of the Franklin PETCO for her habit of adopting two or three kittens every Thursday, then returning them a few weeks later with a note that she was still looking for one with “the right temperament.” This pattern sent up some red flags, as adoption center employee Gina Jefferson explains: “She would have up to 10 kittens checked out at a time. After a while, it got to where we were pretty suspicious of her and wouldn’t give her any more kittens. She made some threatening calls and we contacted the local police.”
Answering the front door of her Nashville home in a clawed-up bathrobe, Carrie Underwood seemed to treat the allegations casually.
“I’m not sure what the big deal is,” she sighed, eying a fuzzy two-week-old calico as it crept past her onto the front porch. “I’m a vegan. I work with PETA. I do a lot of different things to support animal-related causes. And yeah, every once in a while I’ll punch a kitten to let off some steam. It’s not really the big issue that people are trying to turn it into. Mike’s fine with it. He says they do stuff like this all the time in Canada.”
While some Underwood fans vehemently deny that the sweet-natured “American Idol” winner would ever punch an adorable kitten, others are finding new meaning in some of Underwood’s old website postings, such as the blog from April of last year where the singer wrote: “Little stressed out by trying to find right songs for my new album, but will keep writing and looking. Could totally clock a Siamese right now.” Or this, from September: “Watching Animal Planet. I wonder if koalas fight back.” In hindsight, says longtime fan Becky Gomez, “as much as it pains me to say so, some of the warning signs were definitely there.”
Underwood’s 2011 tour, Thumping Ragamuffins, will resume in September.
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