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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:33 pm

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ROSS TWP. – Three kittens with ear, neck and tail piercings were removed from a home by humane officers on Wednesday.

One of the officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County said the pierced kittens were being sold as “gothic kittens” on an Internet auction site.

“This is a first,” said Officer Carol Morrison. “It’s unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens.”

Morrison said the investigation began about a week ago when a man from another state noticed “gothic kittens” being sold on eBay. The kittens were also being sold on a pet classified Web site with an attached picture of a pierced kitten.


Poor kitties.Some people will do anything for money.

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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:24 am

[quote="velvet spider"]SPCA not happy about "Gothic" cats with pierced ears. scared

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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:56 am

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ROSS TWP. – Three kittens with ear, neck and tail piercings were removed from a home by humane officers on Wednesday.

One of the officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County said the pierced kittens were being sold as “gothic kittens” on an Internet auction site.

“This is a first,” said Officer Carol Morrison. “It’s unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens.”

Morrison said the investigation began about a week ago when a man from another state noticed “gothic kittens” being sold on eBay. The kittens were also being sold on a pet classified Web site with an attached picture of a pierced kitten.


Poor kitties.Some people will do anything for money.

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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:39 am

We pierce livestock but you don't hear anybody going up in arms about it.

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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:44 pm

It's a fuzzy issue. Not black and white and there are a lot of double standards. I personally don't like it but I also eat meat so I really can't say much about it.

I do agree with the fact that a piercing on an animal would be a lot harder to maintain/clean, they are not able to suppress the instinct to scratch at/lick the wound like we are. Plus all their fur. It's hard enough with my new labret piercings not to mess with them, I can only imagine how hard it would be to keep an animal from messing with the piercing.
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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:55 pm

But the only reason why it was done, in this case, was to entertain the owners and/or generate money for them. Those are incredibly selfish reasons to inflict pain on an animal (who certainly can't say no). Kind of similar to dogfighting in its ideology (or lack thereof).
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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:59 pm

Charges Have Been Filed

Gothic’ treatment of cats nets animal cruelty charges


BY BOB KALINOWSKI
STAFF WRITER
Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 4:06 AM EST
The black kittens that were mutilated and then auctioned online as “gothic” cried in pain each time they were pierced with 14-gauge jewelry, yet their marketers were eager “to get this aspect of their business up and running,” according to charges filed.

Humane officers have filed charges against Holly Crawford and William Blansett, operators of a grooming business known as Pawside Parlor in Ross Township.

Crawford, 34, and Blansett, 37, each face six counts of cruelty to animals and three counts of criminal conspiracy, according to charges filed this week with Magisterial District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny.

Charges stem from a search warrant executed Dec. 17 at Crawford’s 71 Dobson Road home, where the business was based.

Animal control officers and state police located three abused kittens and two more that might have been next. The kittens had their ears pierced with 14-gauge jewelry, a standard size for eyebrow and bellybutton piercings in humans. It caused their ears to flop. Their necks were pierced with submission rings. Most shocking to humane officers, their tails were missing and the remaining nub was pierced.

Arrest papers say Crawford and Blansett bragged they would put “a rubber band tightly around the base of the tail to stop circulation to the tail, which eventually falls off.” Blansett, of 188 Gordon Road, Sweet Valley, described it as a “castrating band,” police said. Crawford told the official “the kittens cried when she pierced them, but seemed fine afterward,” arrest papers say.

Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought the case to the attention of local investigators after seeing an advertisement for “gothic kittens” on the online auction site eBay. One PETA official, acting as a possible buyer, visited the home on Dec. 16. The suspects displayed the mutilated kittens and told the official about how they planned to obtain and disfigure more of the cats to sell, arrest papers say.

Humane officers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County, along with state police, served a search warrant on Crawford’s home on Dec. 17. Five cats, including the three that were mutilated, were seized.

The cats are now healthy and doing fine at the SPCA shelter in Plains Township, said shelter manager Cindy Starke.

As evidence, the cats will remain in the SPCA’s care until the disposition of the case. A judge will then decide what happens to them, Clarke said.

The charges against Crawford and Blansett were mailed to them via summons. They will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court. If convicted, they face fines, probation and possible jail time.

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2055

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PostSubject: Re: Pierced kittens removed from home   Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:06 am

Humans are so stupid, selfish and careless
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