Categories: Animal Cruelty

Zip Tie Cat Torture Case

by Elisa Black-Taylor

Kathy's kitten

Kathy's kitten

a zip tie

Good morning readers. You know, it never ceases to amaze me at the ways people come up with to torture cats. I've titled this article the Zip Tie Cat Torture Case because that's exactly what it is. Pictured above is what a zip tie looks like. They are used to hold things together.

I know here in the U.S. they're used on everything from garbage bags to handcuffs. They're strong, hard to get out of, and easy to obtain.

Apparently a cat torturer in Brighton, Michigan (Livingston County) thought it a good prank to pull on a defenseless eight month old kitten.

The kitten belonged to Kathy White, who resides near Brighton Village located at 7500 Grand River Avenue. Kathy thought her eight month old kitten had been stolen after escaping from her home almost two weeks ago.

On Saturday, March 19, Kathy found her kitten on her front porch with it's front legs tied with these zip ties. The circulation had been cut off to the point the bone was exposed. It had been nine days since the kitten had been seen and the ties are believed to have been on the kitten for several days.

Sadly, Kathy's kitten had to be humanely euthanized due to the extent of the damage and the poor prognosis.

Kathy is posting flyers and has offered a $100 reward in the case, which is being investigated by Livingston County Animals Control.

Now the Michigan Humane Society has upped the reward an extra $2500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Information can be called in at Livingston County Animal Control (517)546-2154.

I did a little digging into the penalties for animal abuse in Michigan. They don't play around with punishment there, readers. Words like "willfully" and "maliciously" were changed to "knowingly" when statute 750.50b was enacted a few years ago. This means a person who knowingly hurts an animal can be looking at jail time of up to four years and a fine of up to $5000. (See the law as at 2008)

Although not applicable in this case, additional fines of $2500 for each additional animal abused can be enforced up to a total of $20,000.

A person convicted may also be banned from owning an animal and may also have to pay court costs. Those who violate these orders after a conviction may be looking at additional fines and jail time.

Now if the police and judges will just enforce this we'll be making progress in the fight against animal abuse.

Readers from Michigan, if I've missed anything please feel free to add it in the comment section.

I believe someone out there is bragging about this. I've never heard of a zip tie being used to torture a cat. Someone will likely think they've "invented" something new and hopefully they won't be able to keep quiet about it.

I get very tired of reporting these cases. I can't stop because I want the cat lovers out there to stay on guard and this is the only was I know to accomplish that. Many of my articles are upsetting to read. My logic to this is it's easier to read and be warned than to have something horrible happen to your own cats because no one warned you that monsters walk the earth and live in your neighborhood.

I've also been accused of making people paranoid about letting their own cats wander the neighborhood. My only answer to that charge is "read the stories." Cat torture is going on everywhere. And I do mean TORTURE. The crazies of this world don't want to simply kill. They want to inflict as much pain as possible.

I'm reporting on this abuse story today. There are three more that came into my in box. In other words, I'm only reporting a quarter of what is out there. Not to mention at least thirty cases involving dogs and horses.

If I can condition readers to look out for their cat family and to be on the lookout for the neglected and abandoned, then I've done my job.

Keep your cats safe everyone.



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Oct 25, 2011
Zip ties as collars?
by: Sabine

I just found a kitten last week with a zip tie around her neck. Someone mentioned that it was a way to strangle them slowly. I'm guessing she was dumped as I found her at a golf course. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. She's happy and doing fine. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Apr 01, 2011
by: Anonymous

I hope that the persons who are investigating the case of the cat who had the front legs tied with the zip-tie eliminate the children of the cat's owner. She is the mother of three children, the ages I do not know. Sometimes children do stupid things and perhaps they did this to the cat, realized the ties "zipped" and couldn't be removed and the cat ran off. Also, they left for several days which certainly allowed the cat's condition to become worse. That type of injury just doesn't happen overnight. Personally, I feel so sad for Kathy White, but I sure would take a hard look at the children or perhaps their friends. Kids do stupid things without thought of the results!! RIP kitten.

Mar 30, 2011
Thanks for posting
by: gail

To heck with being paranoid! Truth is there are sick ppl out there and animal lovers and owners need to be aware! We need to protect our animals just like we would our children. You are a loving person and I commend you for your work! Much gratitude, gail

Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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  • I want to design a camera and 3g capable device that loop records and attach it to every animal so people have to be accountable for their actions. Poor kitten

  • 2 years ago in martinsburg wv multiple cats were stolen and found with zip tied paws and shot with BB guns

    • Not sure why you asked this. All the zip ties I have seen are not biodegradable because they are made of plastic. I think you are taking the piss.

    • Well, it is certainly possible. What about an enclosed garden (yard) or a large cat enclosure? What about going out into the garden with your cat? Outdoor roaming doesn't have to mean anywhere. If cats do roam beyond the garden (yard) it can still be safe in many areas. I depends on the area.

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