An Erwin, Tennessee man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly having buried alive a six-week-old kitten. Johnny Mack Rogers, 29, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty on Friday after police were notified by the Unicoi County Animal Shelter of the disturbing incident.
According to the Facebook page of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, the kitten was brought into the shelter one week ago covered in blood and dirt. He had been rescued from a shallow grave. The facility’s director rushed the kitten to a veterinarian office where emergency treatment was administered.
“The kitten was brought to me by someone and I immediately took it to Robinson Animal Hospital. I stayed with them and watched a team of them try to save him. His mouth and airways were full of dirt. He constantly gasped for air. They did their very best, but he could not be saved,” the Facebook post stated.
Although veterinarians tried their best to save the kitten they named Warrior, his chances for survival were slim, and if he did pull through, it was feared he would still suffer or succumb due to severe internal injuries.
Rogers is accused of burying the kitten after a person at his home stepped on the kitten while the two had been drinking.
Warrior’s heartbreaking photo has been shared hundreds of times. It is hoped this innocent little kitten will find some justice.
“You all asked and demanded something be done, and I told you I’d make sure he was held accountable. That is going to happen. Our court date is September 20. He is going to be charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty. That is a felony,” posted the shelter.
“Mark your calendars. I want hundreds of people there. We need to show that this is not acceptable behavior in our community and in society. “
Rest in peace Warrior.
(Photo of kitten buried alive via Facebook)
To send a donation to the shelter in honor of Warrior, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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