Holly Crawford Charged with Animal Cruelty for Selling Goth Kittens
UPDATE: Holly Crawford, the Pennsylvania woman who tried to make money on the internet selling Goth kittens, was convicted on one count of animal cruelty. According to experts, her feline fashion ideas caused the cats excruciating pain. See update after the jump...
Holly Crawford is either 16 steps out of fashion, or she's just another money-grubber. Take your pick. Last year, she found a stray cat and decided it would be wise to pierce its ears and neck. Then she got the bright idea to sell her animals online.
Holly Crawford's "gothic kittens" came equipped with such fabulous features as pierced ears and submission rings implanted into the napes of their necks
So the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania woman began marketing "gothic kittens" over the internet for hundreds of dollars a pop. They came equipped with such fabulous features as pierced ears and submission rings implanted into the napes of their necks.
Why a 35-year-old woman was into goth, we can't tell you. But we can say that PETA caught wind of her advertisements and sent word to Luzerne County animal rescue people. Her home was subsequently raided and she was charged with animal cruelty.
PETA, quite naturally, calls Crawford's methods "barbaric." But she says she took the same precautions with piercing that she would with a human. And since she's a dog groomer by trade, she had no intention of ever hurting the animals.
She's pleaded innocent and is expected discover her fate this week. So what do you think, dear reader? Is this cruelty, or just some innocent -- albeit weird -- American money grubbing?
UPDATE: Holly Crawford is convicted on one count of animal cruelty for giving kittens piercings.
As it turns out, what might be a little harmless pain to a human is wickedly excruciating for a kitten. As one veterinarian testified, the kittens suffered horribly.
Cropping a cat's tail leaves it in vicious pain for more than a week, and investigators found that Crawford's cats had infections. The needle used to pierce their ears was also five times what a vet would use for a cat that size. Pierced ears also mess with a cat's hearing. One tried so hard to get rid of its earring that it ripped its own ear.
Worst of all, the submission rings inserted in the napes of their necks just happened to be in the midst of a bundle of nerves. In short, if you wanted to get Medieval on a cat, this was the way to do it.
Crawford was convicted on one count and found innocent on two others. She won't be sentenced until March, but the prosecutor's office is seeking a year to 18 months in the slam.