Oklahoman kitten serial killer sentenced to 12 years in prison

Oklahoman kitten serial killer sentenced to 12 years in prison.

NEWS AND COMMENT: This is not hot of the press cat news because I’ve been slow to pick up on it but it needs reporting because it is exceptionally rare for judges to hand down a severe punishment to criminals who abuse and kill cats and kittens. And that statement applies to anywhere in …

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RSPCA prosecute Kurt Zouma and his brother Yoan under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

Kurt Zouma

This is an update on the viral new story concerning Kurt Zouma and his brother Yoan who respectively kicked the family cat and videoed the kicking. To add insult to injury Yoan uploaded his video to social media which resulted in catastrophic criticism of the pair, booing on the pitch and now prosecution for …

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2 US states where lawyers represent animal victims in criminal cases

Lawyer in court

NEWS AND COMMENT: The New York Post tells me that, currently, there are two states in the United States where a lawyer represents the animal in animal cruelty cases in their passage through the criminal court. They act as the voice of the animal. Their role is to report to the court on the …

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If my cat attacks someone, am I criminally responsible?

Mercy and one of her wounds

The answer to the question will depend on where you live because each country has their own animal and general criminal laws. However, I would expect that what I say here will apply to all developed countries. In developing countries, the law is likely to be more slipshod. In the UK, the country’s lawmakers …

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Cat cruelty has to be bad to get 364 days in jail and it was

Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after she starved cats to death

SOUTH FLORIDA, USA – NEWS AND COMMENT: If you don’t mind, I won’t go onto great detail but Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after she starved cats that she had hoarded in her small apartment. She was a self-style cat rescuer. In truth she was a cruel cat ‘murderer’. As …

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Animal abuse: prosecuting for criminal damage rather than animal cruelty

Steve Bouquet the devil incarnate

I’m referring to the UK but this argument may well apply to many other countries. Depending on the circumstances, in the UK, it is better for the prosecuting authorities to charge a person with criminal damage and not animal cruelty if that person or persons have been charged with serious animal cruelty offences. The …

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New York City exotic animal trader sold wildcat kittens as house pets

Young caracals believed to be the ones traded by Casacci

NEWS AND VIEWS: In violation of New York State law governing the commercial possession and sale of wild cat species such as the caracal and serval, Christopher Casacci, 38, of Amherst, traded in these exotic African cats under the guise of selling domestic pets. He sold dozens of caracals and servals for $7,500 to …

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Widow can’t have a cat because her neighbour admitted to killing her last cat

NEWS AND VIEWS: Shirley Gear-Evans, 65, a widow of Adber, near Sherborne in Dorset, UK, said that she can’t have another cat because her neighbour admittedly drowned her cat, Ruby, in a water butt. Her neighbour is Richard Giles, 69, a gardener. He claimed that Shirley’s cat kept on digging up his vegetables. Mr …

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