A man and two teenagers from Cowichan Valley have been charged in a disturbing case of animal cruelty and possible cyber-bullying. Joshua Lemire, 20, and two teenagers – a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl are alleged to have drugged and abused a neighbor’s cat with MDMA (ecstasy), shaving off the cat’s coat, bleaching her hair and then throwing her out the window. They have been charged with causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal.
Sharline Haglund said her one-year-old calico cat, Gigi, ran out of the family home in Duncan on Monday. That same afternoon Haglund stated her daughter started receiving disturbing Snapchat videos and messages about their cat being tortured. Early that evening someone found Gigi and brought her back to her family. According to Sharline, everything the men stated in the Snapchat video they would do to her cat, they did and has called the disturbing situation an extreme case of cyber-bullying against her daughter.
- Gigi had been shaved
- The number 666 had been written in her ear
- There were bleach marks on her fur
The story has since gone viral. According to ChekNews, many people have identified the unnamed teens and many of the social media posts have threatened violence and even death. According to experts, posting a threat to harm or kill someone on Facebook is a crime in itself, even if you don’t carry out the threat. In addition, identifying underage teenagers is illegal.
“The Youth Criminal Justice Act makes it an offense, punishable by up to two years in prison, for identifying a young person who is being dealt with pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.”
Police are cautioning people not to take justice into their own hands even though a young, innocent cat was harmed. It’s important to let the justice system handle the crimes.
Gigi has tested positive for the drug ecstasy.
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