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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."

If you know of an animal who is being hurt, please report it. To report animal cruelty in New York City, call the ASPCA's tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty elsewhere.

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PiercedKitty

"Ow! Mommi, eet hoots us!"

Sorry,

Can't really take any of you anymore serious than I might the comments at the bottom of a CNN article. To be frank, how is piercing the ears any less cruel than cropping the tail or neutering? Let's toss in a little licodine or anesthesia, then see what nuttery ensues?

I've a Siamese with several piercings in his right ear and I plan to get another with piercings in the opposite. There just happens to be a precedent for pets with piercings, at least in the ears, outside of 'Muriceh. Do we use anesthesia? Yeeesh. We sleeps your pussy! Sleeps it we doooo.

John

Now I remember why I don't read this blog. Sorry. :-/

Hopeless

The comments here are weird. The huy who says you can't eat meat and love animals...wrong....people who are closer to nature than this urbanite lost soul will ever be love animals and hunt are part of nature not apart from it.

As regards the piercing fetishists who like to mutilate themselves and now it seems animals. You are just deranged scum. If you think adding piercing domesticated cats and dogs is ok then watch out. A lot of people might punch you in the face for parading your tortured animal in public. You lot are so wrong and off the wall...so disconnected with any sense of balance or decency and yet so brazen in proclaiming your scumbagness on the net. 15 pierced cats in an apartment - you are a freak from a horror movie. Some narcissist tosser who mutilates his pet to get attention - fucking bastard.

The biggest danger to animals is people who are raised in cities by hippies.

Bob R

look i agree that this is wrong morally. but its not wrong according to the law... people cut dogs tails off all the time. clipping ears to make them stand up is almost more common than not doing it. so none of these people are arrested, none of these vets that do hundreds and thousands of these procedures have their licenses revoked and businesses taken away? but yet this girl gets 6 months for aesthetically altering a few kittens? give me a break.

PuddinNtane

So you can clip a cat or dogs ears, but can't pierce them?
In other words, slicing part of the ear off is acceptable, but putting a hole in them is not?
Micro-manage much?

Anonymous

So I gather from this conversation that; grooming, spaying, neutering, declawing, micro-chipping, tattooing (used for ID purposes) and all other matter of pet procedure, whether for cosmetic purposes or for the “good of the whole” require no consent from the animal, but an ear piercing does. I won’t argue that it is ostensibly unnecessary, but it is no more painful than chopping off a cat’s balls and would that they could consent to one or the other I offer this, that the cat would rather wear a diamond earring.

jdub

so its perfectly ok to chop a cats balls off without its consent, but not ok to give it a piercing? btw people pierce babies' ears all the time without consent

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