Town moves Garfield statue to save it from vandals

MATTHEWS, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana town's statue of Garfield the cat is being relocated to save it from vandalism.

Matthews Town Council President David Loer says that vandals had damaged the statue at its former location near a covered bridge in the town, so officials decided to move it a less isolated area at the town hall.

Loer says vandals chipped the statue by throwing rocks at it and broke the fishing pole out of the cat's hand despite the presence of security cameras. Loer says the statue is currently away for repairs but he hopes to have it installed at its new town hall site by July 1.

The Chronicle-Tribune reports a similar statue in Marion was decapitated in 2006, and a Wabash man was sentenced to probation for the incident.

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