In Middletown, Ohio, investigators from Middletown’s Animal Control are looking into a report of animal cruelty involving the death of a kitten involving a seven-year-old child.
According to Joseph’s Legacy Rescue, the organization’s president Meg Malampy had been contacted by a woman who wanted to surrender three adult cats and three kittens. She expressed her concern for the safety of the animals. Four kittens were first rescued, however one of the kittens was barely alive having trouble breathing.
Rescuers soon discovered a seven-year-old child had beaten the kitten over the head with a wooden block. Additionally there was a rubber band found embedded in the kitten’s neck.
“The skin had ground around it, so it had been in there for a long time as well,” Malamy explained. “He did not survive. There was no way. It was so bad. It was just unbelievable that a seven-year-old had done that much damage to this poor thing.”
The frightening details were explained on New Beginnings Animal Rescue who is now caring for the three kittens.
“A rescue friend, Krista, at Joseph’s Legacy was contacted by a concerned owner of 7 cats. Her fiancés 7 year old son beat their sibling over the head with a wooden block. She had already filed a police report and the CDC advised her it was risky to keep the other animals they had. We later found out there was a rubber band embedded in his neck, he was in so much pain and struggling so hard. Unfortunately he didn’t make it. The remaining 6 cats were not safe to stay in the home so it was very clear they needed to leave. Even though space is slim, all cats were safely removed.”
The kittens are very friendly and lovable.
“Luckily I was able to welcome 3 of the siblings into the rescue. Joseph’s Legacy welcomed 3 adult cats from the home. The owner is completely crushed but decided she needed to do what was best for the animals and not risk any others getting injured or killed.
They were obviously very well loved. Each one is very friendly, well socialized, soft, sweet, and playful. They love to “head butt” you for attention and make biscuits. They will be spayed and neutered on Monday January 7th so will be ready to go to their new homes after that.”
Check out Bridger, River and Ember who will soon be ready for homes.