This is another example of horrendous cat cruelty (which I refuse to dwell on because it might affect your mental health) by an allegedly mentally ill person whose mental health is being evaluated. I wrote a similar article on March 14, 2014 about a woman who did something something similar and equally cruel.
The woman put her cat in a microwave oven. This man, Darren Annovi, 42, put his cat in a conventional oven. To do this sort of thing you have to be mentally ill, in my opinion, even if you are not certifiably mentally ill as the acts of animal cruelty are so gross and sadistic as to be impossible to carry out by a sane person.
This man attended court on Wednesday last on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty. His cat was cooked alive1 just as the other cat was in the microwave.
We know that cats and other domestic animals are good for people with mental health problems but….are people with mental health problems good for domestic cats? The answer depends on how mentally ill the person is and what type of mental illness the person suffers from.
I am all for helping people with mental illness; there but for the grace of God go I, but we should give some thought to the cat’s welfare. Not all mentally ill people are cat killers etc. Heather says this in a comment – I agree with her of course:
Cats have helped a lot of mentally ill people. Don’t group all mentally ill in one large group! I have had chronic depression and panic attacks for most of my life. My cats have been there for the good times and the bad times. I have always cared for them very well. I have also fostered cats and kittens. It gives me purpose! So not all mentally ill people are animal murderers.
There are no checks on the standard of care that a cat owner can deliver to their cat. None whatsoever. It is pot luck for the cat if he/she ends up with a good cat caretaker – a true cat guardian – or a madman who should scare the living daylights out of a cat if the cat only knew.
The same can be said about dogs. Dogs are very pliable and accepting of their master’s behaviour. Arguably dogs are even more vulnerable to abuse from a mentally ill owner.
If and when registration of domestic cats comes into force, which is possible but highly unlikely, arguably the cat’s owner should also be checked for his/her suitability as a cat owner.
I don’t want to read about another cat killed in horrible circumstances. Domestic cats are vulnerable to the mad behavior of mentally ill people.
Note 1: I have presumed the cat was killed in the oven by heat rather than before being placed in the oven. If I am wrong please correct me in a comment. The reason why I don’t want to trawl the internet to try and check is because I want to avoid reading this story more than once.
Source: Batavia Man Accused…..
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