July 19, 2007

I'm thinking of a different sort of punishment

A maximum sentence of three years for setting an 8 week old kitten on fire and laughing while it shrieked in agony?


A three-month-old kitten is fighting for his life after allegedly being set afire by two teenage girls last week.

The male shorthaired kitten, named Adam, received second- and third-degree burns over 75 percent of its body and was being treated at the Animal Hospital in Cotati, located in Northern California's Sonoma County, officials said.

The kitten has undergone two surgeries and had its tail and the tips of its ears amputated.

Two girls have been charged with cruelty to animals in connection with the case. They were arrested last Friday after allegedly pouring flammable liquid on the cat, only 8 weeks old at the time and setting it on fire.

A boy and his friend said they saw the smoke and heard the cat shrieking while the girls laughed.

The girls are being held in Sonoma County's Juvenile Hall. The maximum penalty carried by the charges against them is three years of confinement.

I dunno. The punishment doesn't seem to fit the crime. I've been thinking and come up with a few alternative punishments which I think would be better:

  • Paint them with honey and stake them out on an anthill. Sure, it's been done to death, but that doesn't make it any less effective.
  • Have a cage with a Tasmanian Devil tied to their midsection, with the cage open against their flesh. If they survive the devil's method of escape, they're free to go.
  • Use a paper cutter to remove their fingers, one millimeter at a time. When does the punishment stop? Like the kittens, as soon as someone hears the screams and comes looking, we'll stop. Unfortunately for the girls, we'll be on one of the more remote Bikini atolls. But hey, you never know.

I'm sure that lots of turds will come out of the woodwork saying that their lives have been hard. Not as hard as the kitten's, I'll wager. To anyone who wants to try and defend these girls, please be advised that you should go fuck yourself.

Update: Apparently this happened last month and the kitten is doing well. Here's more:

Adam is 12 weeks old now and doing well, said Wright. The cost of his care and medical attention at the shelter would normally cost between $20,000 and $30,000, she said. Anybody interested in contributing to the costs of caring for Adam can go to the animal hospital in the 500 block of E. Cotati Avenue in Cotati or call 707-792-0200.

A vet is doing the multiple skin graft pro bono, which is kind of cool. Give if you're interested.

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Comments

Hmmm... my usual vote for crime quite this despicable is that they should be shot. A bit at a time.

Posted by: Andy Cunningham at July 19, 2007 07:42 AM

IRA six pack, perhaps?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=IRA+six+pack

At the very least, they should have to pay the $30,000.

Seriously the only way to teach people like this a lesson is to hurt them or take their money.

Posted by: Harvey at July 20, 2007 08:11 AM

Money is fine, but I'd opt for mind-bending pain. Sure, that makes me a dick, but I'm okay with that.

Posted by: physics geek at July 20, 2007 04:18 PM

I'm okay with the judge giving them the whole three years.

However, given that a judge just sentenced a woman to less than three years for blowing away her husband with a shotgun blast to his back, I think it would be hard to argue that three years for these girls isn't enough.

I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: Kent at July 21, 2007 10:41 AM

Yes, i agree that when ever an animal or human is tortured or harmed in any way by another being, that person should be changed with a crime, imprisioned and forced to pay for the medical care- no matter how long it takes. Wage executions are done for various reasons so this should also be included. Maybe then, these heartless criminals may think twice. All life has value!

Posted by: Diane at August 1, 2007 11:43 PM