Animal Rights Activist Stabs Fur-Wearing Woman in Church

An Ohio animal rights activist with a history of attacks on people wearing fur has been charged with attempted murder for stabbing a woman wearing fur boots at a church outside Cleveland, police said.

According to the police report, the victim had taken children she babysits to the church for choir practice at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, in Cleveland Heights. Meredith Lowell, came up and stabbed her, the victim suffered two stab wounds to her arm and stomach, Fox News reports.

“Witnesses told police they heard a woman screaming and the babysitter fell to the ground due to the stab wounds.” A man wrestled Lowell to the floor and held her until officers arrived, the police report said. “When police arrived at the church, they found the young woman lying on the ground surrounded by blood, clutching her left side.”

The victim remained hospitalized Thursday, Police Chief Anne Mecklenburg said. Her condition was unclear. It’s also not clear whether the victim was wearing real fur.

Meradith Lowell, 35 was charged with felonious assault and attempted murder. She appeared in court via video on Thursday and her bond was set at $1 million. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.