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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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?


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.


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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Hot Carl

You can cut a Dobermans ears so they stand up straight, but you can't pierce them. makes no sense.


She should have given the kittens to the ASPCA where they could be murdered and thrown in dumpsters instead...


But it's fine to murder the unborn baby in the womb?

Fuck prolife

Pro choice. her body her choice you're in the wrong forum.


I bet this woman is an Obama supporter.