Cat-Saving Solider Charged With Insubordination

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An Italian army reservist will stand trial for insubordination after saving a cat's life while serving as a medical officer on a NATO base in Kosovo, the Guardian reported Sunday.

KFOR soldiers patrol near the village of

NATO soliders in Kosovo in 2011. Credit: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Lt. Barbara Balanzoni rescued a cat on the military base when the cat was suffering from life-threatening complications during birth. Military personnel called Balanzoni to the infirmary because they were alarmed by the cat's howls.

"If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected," Balanzoni said. "What is more, the ... kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public health problem."

Balanzoni is being charged with gross insubordination over the incident because it disobeyed a standing order forbidding troops at the base from "bringing in or having brought in wild, stray or unaccompanied animals."

Balanzoni said she doesn't believe her actions disobeyed the order.

"There are lots of cats on the base," she said. "In theory, they are strays, but in practice they belong there." She explained further that military regulations say a medical officer should intervene when a veterinarian is not available.

Balanzoni's trial is schedule for Feb. 7 in Rome. She faces a minimum of one year in a military penitentiary.

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Thank you so much for your kindness, it is shocking that anyone could not find your actions to be the way a compassionate person reacts to the suffering and plight of any living things. The person or people who are bringing charges are cruel and ignorant and changes should be made to in their regulations to allow kindness and humanity to be practiced.

February 18 2014 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's because she's a woman, that's why they're doing this. If one of the men did this, it wouldn't happen.

January 12 2014 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Anthony

She followed her heart and did the right thing. Prayers for her, that she will get her just reward. I would have done the same thing.

December 25 2013 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rainy Nitez

Release that soldier immediately! She was doing her job and saving the lives of a cat and her babes. Those responsible for charging her should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

December 24 2013 at 5:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nanci Armacost Crock

It is a shame that those who are choosing to further this have nothing better to do than to pick on a soldier being compassionate. One day they may wish someone would be compassionate to them or someone or something they care about. Hold your head high soldier. You saved one or more of God's creatures. Bless you.

December 24 2013 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nanci Armacost Crock

Too bad they have nothing more vital to protest about than a soldier being compassionate. Shame on them. One day they too may wish they had been more compassionate or have someone be compassionate to them. Hold your head high soldier. You saved one and more of God's creatures.

December 24 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
April Wheeler

These things only go to trial if someone with authority chooses to go through the steps to make it an issue for disciplinary action. Someone in her chain of command is way too serious and seems to hate animals.

December 23 2013 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cynthia Young

Well Elena , guess what. Fleas would be the least of their problems if as so much as one of those stray contained a smallpox virus. I understand wanting to help the stray but there are reason why they don't bring them back to the units, and if you were ever in a war situation, you would understand this.

December 23 2013 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elena Lorenzo

That's ridiculous! What she did was right.

December 23 2013 at 4:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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