a pinch of salt
whilst the cat getting shot is a sad incident, any good journalist, and quite a few bad ones will tell you "never let the truth get in the way of a good story"
you require a licence to drive a car, plenty dont have the said ticket, and do so.
it was a story to fill a news devoid edition of a paper. cant quite imagine the editor standing up, banging the desk and shouting at his scribes "get me the cat story"
i'm not perfect, but I shoot FT, reality is this is pretty much the same thing!