Thursday, February 19, 2009

Woman stands trial for selling pierced cats

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania dog groomer has been ordered to stand trial on animal cruelty charges for selling "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings.
Holly Crawford's home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided Dec. 17 after the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip.
A prosecutor says Crawford inflicted pain on the cats, which were listed for sale for hundreds of dollars on the Internet. Crawford's attorney says state law says nothing about piercing cats or docking their tails.
At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Wilkes-Barre District Judge Paul Hadzick called it a gray area that needs to be decided by a trial judge or jury.
Charges against a second defendant, William Blansett, were dropped after Crawford admitted she pierced the cats.

Hmmm kinda perplexed here...Thinking next they will be saying clipping ears and bobbing tails on dogs is animal cruelty....Not quite sure about piercings????


Deedee said...

I personally feel that altering an animal (cutting, declawing, docking) for cosmetic or convenience purposes is abusive. Spaying or neutering is exempt in my opinion because it prevents overpopulation, but any surgery or cutting beyond that is not cool. "Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice."

Anonymous said...

I agree with Deedee, is rather shocking that they are doing this, anything for money it seems.