Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced to Six Months for Creating “Gothic Kittens”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 2:00pm

"Gothic Kitty" creator Holly Crawford has been sentenced to six months of house arrest for using a 14-gauge needle to pierce the ears, necks and tails of three kittens and then attempting to sell the maimed felines over the Internet. The 35-year-old Pennsylvania woman was further ordered to close her dog grooming business for at least two years. Despite opposition from concerned citizens, the judge ruled in favor of allowing Crawford to maintain guardianship over her other pets, including a dog, three cats and three snakes.

Crawford was initially charged after a tip led humane investigators and the state police to her home on December 17, 2008. Investigators found and seized three kittens wearing heavy piercing jewelry on their ears, necks and tails. At least one of the kittens had a thick elastic band wrapped around his tail to prevent blood flow, as a means of docking it.

Despite arguments that Crawford used sterile needles and surgical soap when piercing the kittens, a Luzerne County jury found her guilty of animal cruelty. Helping to seal the conviction was expert testimony from the ASPCA's leading forensics veterinarian, Dr. Melinda Merck, who testified that the kittens had been maimed and disfigured, had their hearing damaged, and could have died.

"I was very happy to work with the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office on this case of abuse," says Dr. Merck. "The idea of mutilating animals in such a way for profit is appalling, I am glad justice was served."

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So many caring people are all writing about caring for animals!
Did you ever go to the ZOO?? It's all in the name of science but if you think about it, it's MAN with HIS power over the animal. Not an animal there can be "happy" out of his natural environment.
So too spaying, neutering an animal-even tho it's of course cleaner & easier & medically accepted practice,this procedure must hurt, it is surgery and we do it for OUR convenience- so that the animal doesn't get pregnant and messy and too much to handle. Yes-it's more socially accepted but ALL these man-applied procedures upon animals are CRUEL. We've had hamsters,puppies, parakeets, cuckatoos-and with each we did our best to teach our children how to care and treat them well.Animals are not TOYS, but PET stores sell them as toys(did the store ever inquire whther these people buying the animal will care for it after the excitement is over? what WILL happen to that animal??) It's a thin line between knowing how to really care properly for an animal. Thank you all for being caring. WE ALSO HAVE TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN FROM OTHERS- ELIMINATE CRUELTY IN THE WORLD!!!


The white man is very concerned about the health happiness and safety of their pet cats. Wow.
I would have thought they are angels except when I see what they do in Iraq Afghanistan. and countless other places.


i was very supportive of my dog, who convinced me he was really a after a few cosmetic surgeries, and some hormone treatments...


I'm ready to bet any cat or dog would rather get an earring than having their bollocks cut off and livelihood dampened.

Howard Martyn W...

Anyone who eats meat is NOT an animal lover. He/She may be a dog lover or a cat lover or whatever, but they have no right to call themselves an animal lover. Anyone who pierces their pet(s) is a stupid freak who does it for their sick vanity with no concern for the pet(s).


You need to get out more....

Cat eat Dog world

I am from an Asian country and we eat cat. They are very delicious. If this girl does not respect her cats please give them to me.


Mutilating the genitals of babies, legal and acceptable.

Cats with pierced ears, criminal.


Cats bodies are all about balance and their ears, tails, whiskers, necks all play a part in living a life which involves jumping, climbing, moving safely through spaces which have vegetation or furniture. Their natural balance will have been badly affected if not destroyed. I wonder at the quality of life of these poor mutilated cats.

Please, please put your energies into something productive. Do not inflict this on them - they were not created to handle this stuff.


And her other pets have been left under her 'guardianship' why?? Is that judge for real?? Some judges need their faces smashing in!!