man hugs the head off garfield statue; odie watches in idle silence.

Beheaded Garfield statue had flaws

MARION, Ind.—It turns out that the city’s beheaded statue of Garfield the cat wasn’t built quite right. But that isn’t getting the man who broke it off the hook.

The fiberglass head of the cartoon cat was missing for three days in December before it was found along the side of a country road near the Mississinewa Reservoir.

City Parks and Recreation Director Belinda Hussong said Thursday that flaws were found in the statue as Garfield creator Jim Davis’ company, Paws Inc., was getting it repaired.

“They had talked to the company that had constructed the Garfield and realized that the head wasn’t reinforced the way it was supposed to have been,” she said. “It was built well, but it was not reinforced like it was supposed to have been at that stress point.”

Prosecutors told a judge about the problem Thursday before Joseph Savarino, 23, Wabash, was given a 90-day suspended sentence and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $200 in restitution.

Savarino pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and criminal conversion, saying he panicked after the statue’s head came off when he hugged it.

“I’m very sorry that I did it,” he said during Thursday’s hearing. “It was not on purpose.”

Davis, the cartoonist, grew up on a farm near the city halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.


7 Responses to “man hugs the head off garfield statue; odie watches in idle silence.”

  1. 1 andrea June 20, 2007 at 8:51 am

    hi my name is andrea and Im a very a fanatic of this I think that this is the most adorable cat that exist in the entire universe

  2. 2 Mae July 9, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I like lots of characters in comics, cartoons, etc. Garfield is just one of those I like best. What’s unique about him? He’s d only cat who has lasagna for brekfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. I’d be happy to know that there’d be a Garfield Movie part3,4,5,…

  3. 3 janella joy July 11, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    i really like gArfield… i thought hE is the best cAt in entire wOrld!!!more power!!!

  4. 4 magali July 20, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    meeeee eeeencaaaaaaantaaaaaaaaa !!!!

  5. 5 Maxi August 10, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    hello friends!!! My name is Maxi and I live in Argentina! I love this krazy cat because it´s very funny!!! I always watched this cat´s programme… See you soon and good luck…

  6. 6 jessica da silva didole August 18, 2007 at 10:12 am


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