Snapchat video shows kids using Taser on kitten

In Nassau County, Florida, a video posted to Snapchat showing kids using a Taser on a kitten and sent in to the media is now being investigated as an animal cruelty case. On Thursday, the video was sent to Nassau County Animal Services and has authorities searching for the two children involved in the inhumane act.

According to WftvNews, the video shows the two children using the Taser on the kitten and laughing as the cat is zapped. Officials believe the video was recorded in the Timber Creek Plantation neighborhood in Yulee. Concerned citizens have been coming forward and allegedly have identified the kids shown in the video.

County Commissioner Justin Taylor, along with other community members are shocked to see any innocent pet being treated so cruelly.

“To see an animal who is harmless and has not done anything to be treated that way , it’s cruel,” stated Mr. Taylor.

“Who was standing  there videoing this? That’s the other question,” asked local resident Michele Higham.  “Who would allow children to do this and think it’s funny? The damage is done, not only physically, but mentally to that cat.”

Why do these children have a Taser? Where are their parents?

(Photo and video via CbsNews from Snapchat)

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For the first time in 3.5 years, shelter has to make ‘list’ of dogs to put down

For the first time in over three years, an animal shelter in Arkansas has had to create a “list” of unwanted pets to be put down. The sad situation is the result of a huge influx of animals being taken in and not enough animals being adopted.

In a Facebook post made this week, the situation facing the Jacksonville AR Animal Shelter is explained:

It’s been 3.5 years since we had to euthanize for space
But with the high intake of dogs and cats, we are having to make ‘the list’ today😒
All areas are full and there is no space for any new dogs that will come in today
Last week we took in 25 dogs and only 4 were claimed by their owners
It seems no matter how hard we try to adopt out animals….you can’t fight the high amount of animals that come in on a daily basis!
Please share!

Jacksonville Friends of the Animals is trying to help prevent dogs and cats from losing their lives. On Tuesday morning, the group wrote:

We are full again 😔. The only way we can do free adoptions is when we have enough donations. The city does NOT pay!! We pay for all the vet care for the dogs and cats in our shelter including heart worm treatment at almost $400 per dog. PLEASE HELP. Please share, adopt, or donate!! You can click on the donate button near the cover photo or go to Thank you!

The precious souls who are being held at this shelter have done nothing wrong – they were born and now they are unwanted. Please share this information and help find these homeless pets find a safe haven.
Website for Jacksonville Friends of the Animals here.
The Jacksonville Friends of the Animals, Inc, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises money to help the animals at the Jacksonville Animal Shelter. We pay for medical treatment not included in the city budget such as heartworm treatment, injuries and amputations (car accidents, etc.), illness such as parvovirus, skin conditions (mange and allergies), and cases of extreme abuse and neglect. We also help with the cost of spay/neuter, and for vaccinations. Our goal is to give every animal in our shelter a chance of a long, happy, and healthy life. Our mission is to make our shelter a true no-kill shelter (no euthanizing an animal for space while keeping our doors open for those who need us.) With your help, we can do it!
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Tattoo artist under fire after inking pattern onto leg of tiny kitten

A tattoo artist is currently under fire from animal advocates throughout the world after inking a pattern onto the leg of a tiny kitten and posting the video to social media. The man has since apologized, and the four-month-old kitten has been sent to an animal rescue organization.

According to People’s Daily Online, the man who goes by the nickname of “Qiangzi,” has owned and operated a tattoo shop in Jining, China’s Shandong Province for the last seven years.  The video had photos of the tattoo including the Chinese character “endurance” tattooed to its right foreleg. Qiangzi stated he gave the kitten anesthesia after he shaved off the fur on her leg, and that he had used a semi-permanent ink on an eyebrow brush that was plant based and would not harm the kitten.

In the report from the Daily Mail, Qiangzi stated the tattoss will fade out as the kitten’s skin changes over time. He also alleged to using precise doses of anesthesia as per a veterinarian’s standard and was very careful as an overdose could have killed the animal.

After posting the video on Weibo (equivalent to Facebook in the US), the comments criticized the artist repeatedly asking if the kitten gave him permission to pen her with a tattoo? Qiangzi has since deleted his account and apologized, however screenshots of the tattoos on the kitten have continued to circulate throughout social media – few trying to protect the artist’s feelings and decisions.

The kitten is now in the care of the Zhangying Stray Animal Rescue and is receiving care until she is adopted. Her wounds are fading as her fur grows back. She is a lucky little kitten with everyone  knowing her life will be better from now on.

(Photos of tattoo artist inking kitten via Zhangying Stray Animal Rescue via Daily Mail)


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Animal cruelty ‘monster’ who tortured pets sentenced to 16 years in jail

In a despicable chain of heartless animal cruelty acts, a San Jose, California man who pleaded guilty to torturing and killing 18 cats, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in the county jail.  Robert R. Farmer, 25, the son of a retired San Jose police captain, lured the cats to him from a quiet residential neighborhood. Investigators said Farmer stole the cats from Cambrian Park over a two month period in the fall of 2015. Surveillance video captured Farmer in one act as he chased and picked up Go-Go, a 17-year-old cat, he stole from his owner’s front yard. The video lead police to him. He was finally arrested after police found him asleep in a car where the lifeless body of an orange tabby cat was found. Police also found several cat collars in Farmer’s possession.

According to the Mercury News, the name of every cat killed by Farmer was read aloud by the judge, to remind Farmer of the terrible crimes he committed against innocent animals and pets that had been loved by their families.

“Robert Farmer is a monster who has no mercy and who victimized the most innocent member of our family,” stated Miriam Petrova in court on Friday. “Please send a strong and clear message that this community will not tolerate any animal abuse.”

It was Miriam’s cat “Gogo” who had been one of Farmer’s victims. A necropsy of the cats determined many had died as a result of blunt force trauma while many of the cats had been sexually abused, however there was insufficient evidence that Farmer had sexually abused the animal. He will not have to register as a sex offender.

Farmer’s defense attorney told the court his client had been on a methamphetamine “frenzy” as well as having written a letter stating he would never do anything as heinous as these crimes again. The judge rejected the claims and sentenced Farmer to the maximum punishment. Farmer will not be allowed within 100 yards of the Cambrian Park neighborhood where he stole and killed the pets when released from jail, will not be permitted to own or care for any pets for ten years and must undergo psychiatric treatment.

Rest in peace all of the pets brutally murdered.

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(Photo of Farmer sentenced to 16 years in jail via NBC Bay News)

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Staten Island man tortures neighbor’s cat and posted gruesome video on social media

A Staten Island man videoed himself torturing his neighbor’s cat in his Arthur Avenue apartment, and then posted the gruesome video on Facebook. Tyrike Richardson, 21, is shown on the June 29 recording dropping a chair on a cat and waving a knife in front of the cat’s face while the defenseless animal swipes at the weapon in order to save its own life. Richardson is then seen jamming a long stick into the motionless cat’s belly and face.

According to SI Live, Richardson was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and torturing and not feeding an animal. The cat, a two-year-old male named Chester who belongs to Richardson’s neighbor suffered multiple injuries including blunt force trauma, rib fractures, live and kidney injuries and injuries to his lungs.

Chester is currently in the care of the ASPCA.

Richardson’s criminal record dates back to when he was 14-years-old.

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Miami hotel clerk arrested for killing popular stray cat

Miami Beach detectives believe they have found the person responsible for fatally shooting a dart into the head of a popular stray cat adored by hotel employees as well as the former owner of the hotel. Arrested on Tuesday, was Georgios Lollias, 36, a night clerk at the Franklin Hotel, who allegedly killed the cat on April 26 because the current management believed stray cats were a nuisance.

The cat is one of four that lived behind the Franklin Hotel on Collins Avenue and had been taken care of  by the hotel’s former owner who  offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of  the responsible person(s).

After the cat was  found, he was rushed to Dr. Rachael Johnson, a veterinarian at VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital. Strushi suffered terribly as the arrow penetrated behind one of his eyes and came out his mouth. Rescue staff said the cat was non-responsive upon arrival. Sadly, Strushi had to be humanely euthanized.

Georgios was arrested after U.S. Secret Service helped the Miami Beach police review surveillance footage at the time of the incident. It is believed Georgios is in the United States illegally. A Facebook post by Mike Grieco for Miami Beach mayor issued the following statement:

“… Through a search warrant, detectives had previously obtained video evidence from the hotel’s security cameras. They suspected that images of the crime may have been deliberately deleted. They enlisted the assistance of computer forensic recovery specialists in the U.S. Secret Service’s Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, and with their assistance, the perpetrator was identified.

Mr. Lollias is charged with Animal Cruelty, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a 3rd Degree Felony. The investigation into this matter continues, and other arrests may be possible in the future… Needless to say, this arrest is a significant success for our criminal investigators. More needs to be done on the case, but we can all be proud of their effort and success to date.”

Rest in peace Strushie. We hope you find some justice.

Photos of cat impaled by arrow courtesy of Miami Beach Police

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Teen finds 14-week-old kitten with her feet bound: Three of her paws fell off

In Spring, Texas a young teenage boy made a disturbing discovery near the mailboxes in an apartment complex at FM 2920 and T.C. Jester of a kitten after three of her paws fell off. In an interview with AbcNews, the youngster named Brady and his friend were shocked when they spotted the defenseless kitten huddled near a wall on Friday.

“We walked into a room that had mailboxes and we saw the cat laying down by a wall. We picked it up; called my mom. We sent her a picture and then she said she’d be there in two minutes,” stated 14-year-old Brady.

And when the teen’s mother arrived, Leith Gottula said she was just heartbroken and didn’t think the kitten even stood a chance at surviving, and rushed the kitten to Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Max Heimlich was shocked at the abuse and called it the worst case of animal cruelty he had ever seen in his 40 years as a veterinarian as he described what probably happened. Someone had wrapped elastic hair ties repeatedly around the kitten’s paws.

“These are the bones that are sticking out. It would probably take anywhere from three to four maybe five weeks for this to occur to strangulate it and actually have the feet fall off,” Dr. Heimlich explained on the hospital’s Facebook page. “The kitten was able to get one of the ties off the left front leg. The other 3 feet fell off. We will have to amputate the back legs from the knee down and the front from the elbow down. We pray that this kitten will be able to compensate and have an incredible life with us.
The doctors are concerned that someone who could do this to a kitten could also do this or worse to a child. This is in the vicinity around the hospital and the Spring area.”

After the kitten’s feet heal, her legs must be amputated.

Dr. Heimlich will be taking the kitten home, and his staff will be caring for the kitten, now named Pogo. Check out her video, and see for yourself how sweet and gentle this little kitten seems to be. How anyone can be so cruel is beyond anyone’s comprehension, Get well soon Pogo; we hope you can live a full life despite the cruelty you have had to endure in the first months of your life.

Photos of kitten after three paws fell off via the Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the HCSO at 713-755-6044.

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Animal advocates allege animal abuse in ‘cat vs scorpion’ video

Animal advocates have taken exception to a YouTube video showing cats being attacked by a large scorpion; calling the potential deadly encounter animal abuse. A police complaint was filed in Bankok on Friday against Nate Bartling, who goes under the title of “My Mate Nate.” Bartling is a former Mormon missionary who rose in fame in Thailand for his tasteless “prank videos.” His online presence had been scarce after a video showing the cruel torture of a fish which made him one of the most disliked characters on social media. And then he’s back!

According to SinarOnline,  Nutch Prasopsin, the administrator of “Toon Hua Khong Bao,” a popular website (Kingdom of Tigers) with animal lovers, (especially cats) filed the complaint alleging animal abuse for exposing the cats to a venomous scorpion. Police official, Lt-Colonel Kampol Ratanaprateep agrees the video was an act of animal cruelty, even though Bartling has argued the scorpion was not poisonous; a medical specialist stated the venom could kill a cat.

On her website and Facebook page, Nutch called on animal lovers to show their force against acts of cruelty against animals. The controversial YouTube video “Cat vs scorpion: Who will win?”, was posted three days ago and has garnered over a million views. Most of the comments condemned his actions with Nutch posting an open letter to him stating:

“As a person who loves cats, I cannot tolerate or accept uncouth acts involving animals in these clips. I want you to take full responsibility as the owner of guardian of the cat(s) that you have used or may use in your clips.”

Bartling has lived in Thailand for three years, claiming he “never went to university. I only finished high school. It’s hard to believe his fame of “prank videos” that make fun and humiliate other people are so famous. If found guilty of animal cruelty, Bartling faces a maximum fine of $1,100 or up to two years in prison.

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(Photo via screenshot Thai PBS)


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Missouri teens arrested after posting video of dragging kitten behind vehicle

Two Branson, Missouri teens faces animal abuse charges after posting a disturbing video on Facebook of a kitten tied to the the back of a moving vehicle. Kyle Williams, 18, and Jordan Michael Derek Hall, 18, were arrested on Saturday night according to a press release by police. The video showed people “laughing as the kitten tossed and turned” while being dragged to his excruciatingly painful death.

Hall, 18, has been accused of driving the vehicle that dragged the cat until it was dead. According to the report, Hall drove the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the cat tied to the back of the bumper. The report states the cat tried to run behind the vehicle until it was exhausted and couldn’t not run any more.  Prior photos of the cat in the beginning of the video, showed the animal looked “healthy and scared” before being brutally dragged to his death.

According to Facebook readers, who viewed the disturbing video which was removed a short time later, Williams posed with the dead cat and beneath the picture, he captioned:

“Try to guess how I killed my cat, but you can’t.”

The cat had been dragged for five minutes, and individuals were heard laughing; even when the SUV stopped and it started again dragging the cat, one sick individual could be heard yelling:

“Keep going. Don’t stop. He’s almost dead.”

In a report from the Branson Trilakes News, Hall admitted it wasn’t right what was done to the cat, but nevertheless he continued torturing the defenseless animal.Both men have been charged with a class E felony of animal abuse and armed criminal action. Williams appeared in court on Monday to be arraigned, however he displayed disruptive behavior and was removed. His next court appearance is scheduled to June 12. Both men were being held in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond, It is not known if they have since bailed out of jail.

Rest in peace poor cat. We hope you get some justice.

(Photos of Missouri teens accused of dragging kitten via booking photos)

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Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, a cat hospice and rescue shelter

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is a no kill cat hospice and rescue shelter located in Englewood, Florida. They humorously bill themselves on line and on Facebook as the “World’s Greatest Cat House.” And indeed, they are. The founders and operators, Rick and Chrissy Kingston work very hard, day in and day out caring for two hundred special needs and unwanted kitties on their own.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven takes care of the largest amount of special needs cats and kittens in the area. They care for cats with feline leukemia, FIV, blind cats, feral cats, epileptic cats, senior kitties, kitties with only one eye and more. All of these special needs cats and kittens would have been euthanized because they would be deemed un-adoptable. None of the cats or kittens are put down due to behavior problems, space or adopt-ability issues. The only ones that are humanely euthanized are those with medical conditions that cause pain and suffering and have no chance of survival.

Also, Puffy Paws is the first rescue in the area to feature adoptable and special needs cats live on the Internet. It all started 16 years ago in the loving home of Chrissy and Rick Kingston. There they took in cats and sometimes even families of cats. In the fall of 2009, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven moved outside the Kingston’s home. To better handle the different medical needs, they have separated them into two separate living quarters. The “Haven Home” is a 2200 square foot building which houses the healthy, adoptable kitties and a permanent resident for those that have physical, emotional and behavioral problems. The second building is 800 square feet with a 400-square foot used solely for kitties with feline leukemia. This section has been nicknamed the “The Kitty Angel Club.”

Over the last 11 years, founder Chrissy Kingston estimated that she has worked thousands of hours caring for the kitties and spent over $100,000.00 on unwanted though loving cats and kittens.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven was named after a small, sickly kitten that was part of the Kingston’s family for only one year. The kitten’s name was “Poo-Puffy Paws,” or “Poo Puff” for short.  Although he was a happy, well loved, and well cared for kitten, he passed away during Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Naming the Haven after this very special kitten represented to the Kingstons something they wanted others to know and appreciate; one kitty at a time can change the heart of one person at a time.

On November 20th, 2006, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven became a not-for-profit corporation. This allowed Puffy Paws to raise funds for the cats currently in their care as well as future cats that will come to them needing a safe haven. But caring for 200 cats can be very costly and difficult to maintain when you rely solely on donations. It costs $946.00 a month to feed the cats and $275-$300 a day for cleaning supplies to keep the two buildings spotless and the litter-boxes clean.

(Photo of cat hospice via Facebook)

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”
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