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Burned kitten update: Two people to be prosecuted

By Canfan - 25 August 2015 9

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Yesterday, RSPCA ACT Inspectors asked the public for help on another horrific case involving a severely burned kitten that was dumped at the Weston shelter last Thursday night.

RSPCA ACT can now confirm that briefs of evidence against two people are being compiled to be submitted to DPP for prosecution in relation to this case.

Chief Executive Tammy Ven Dange thanked the community for helping RSPCA ACT Inspectors.

“We are thankful that both the media and the greater Canberra community were so quick to share this story.  As a result, we will be able to pursue some level of justice for the horrible injuries this poor kitten suffered,” she said.

Please note that no further information can be disclosed about this matter because it is now being treated as an open prosecution case.

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Burned kitten update: Two people to be prosecuted
Alexandra Craig 10:56 pm 27 Aug 15

dazzab said :

Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps this cat was dropped off at the RSPCA because the people couldn’t afford the $1,000 initial fee to get it treated at the after hours vet service?

Yeah, but the RSPCA was closed. And they dropped it off on the Thursday and the public callout didn’t happen until the Monday, and that’s when the guy eventually came forward. If it was as simple as not having the money for treatment, why drop the cat off somewhere closed in a milk crate for it to escape, and then not follow up for days? Not saying he’s guilty of anything but it’s very strange.

Rbam said :

Hi, can anyone tell me if this cat is up for adoption? I’d love to give this poor kitty a home!

The RSPCA have said she will be up for adoption eventually but I imagine she will be in care for a long time before she can be adopted.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:37 pm 27 Aug 15

neanderthalsis said :

John Hargreaves said :

Later, when she asked for an update, the police said “we took care of it our way…” Sounds like a bit of rough justice may have been dished out. I am in two minds about that.

Unfortunately the courts have a poor history of dealing with animal cruelty cases and you can generally expect a little more than a stern finger wagging for a thoroughly deplorable act like this. Rough justice works fine for me.

If the courts aren’t going to do anything about it (and hey, this is Canberra), then I’m not concerned about some rough justice either.

neanderthalsis 8:31 am 27 Aug 15

John Hargreaves said :

Later, when she asked for an update, the police said “we took care of it our way…” Sounds like a bit of rough justice may have been dished out. I am in two minds about that.

Unfortunately the courts have a poor history of dealing with animal cruelty cases and you can generally expect a little more than a stern finger wagging for a thoroughly deplorable act like this. Rough justice works fine for me.

Rbam 1:07 am 27 Aug 15

Hi, can anyone tell me if this cat is up for adoption? I’d love to give this poor kitty a home!

dazzab 8:32 pm 26 Aug 15

Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps this cat was dropped off at the RSPCA because the people couldn’t afford the $1,000 initial fee to get it treated at the after hours vet service?

MERC600 6:23 pm 26 Aug 15

Well I do wonder about this. Das kitten was delivered to the refuge ‘The kitten was left in a red milk crate which had a pillow in it. A towel was on the top of the crate.’. That reads better than a empty grog carton, and there was a pillow for the kitten also. That shows some caring.

Was it a fire burn, or perhaps a electric heater burn ? I certainly hope its not a deliberate injury to an animal, but to deliver it to the refuge, when the Brinddys are just up the road….

carnardly 5:10 pm 26 Aug 15

i’d hoped for the cat’s sake that it’d been snugging in a warm engine bay or something. But if 2 (ban me now for swearing) did this then they should go away for a long time. but they won’t.

John Hargreaves 12:53 pm 26 Aug 15

16 years ago, my little bloke, Andy was rescued by my daughter in the town of Harden. He was a three month old kitten, tied to a parking sign, with fireworks strapped to his underbelly and he was alight with kerosene smoke billowing from the fur on his back. He was jumping around, which is what attracted him to my daughter’s attention, in addition to the smoke.

When she got him home, after putting out the flames, she found his kitten fur had melted on his back and his whiskers were missing. He had burns on his ears and now eyebrows.

My daughter saw a couple of young blokes sitting on the bonnet of a car watching so she took the rego number and reported it to the NSW Police. She was afraid to confront he young blokes herself, understandably.

Later, when she asked for an update, the police said “we took care of it our way…” Sounds like a bit of rough justice may have been dished out. I am in two minds about that.

The little bloke is now an old codger like me but is fine now, some 16 years later.

I hope that Elsa gets a loving home and comes good like Andy. And I hope that the DPP prosecutes and if found guilty in any way a tall, accommodation is found at Hume with a flat screen TV in every smallish room, and that every inmate at that motel is made aware of what they have done.

Masquara 10:41 pm 25 Aug 15

Thank goodness for police access to mobile phone location records…

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