A Happy Ending For Adam: The Kitten Set Fire By Kids

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“I remember seeing this when it happened,but it’s not posted as it was before I joined WP. Read the full story below!”

“Can you believe that 2 female teenagers age 15, could do this, what sort of dysfunctional family do they come from to make them think this is ok? Are some kids just born evil, or do they just act that way because of what happens behind closed doors at home? under the Animal Welfare Act, parents are responsible for the actions of children under the age of 16. Do we blame the kids or the parents? ” 😦

“Well, I just wanted to share this, firstly to show that, some  sweet innocent looking kids; can do this. “Secondly because I’m so happy to see him doing so well. Massive thanks to all those who cared for Adam, you gave him back his life!” 🙂

Poor Adam was given a 50/50 chance of survival

Adam the kitten set fire by kids

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Adam the cat was set on fire by teenage kids and left for dead. He was brought in and rescued and after many surgeries is happy and healthy now in Rohnert Park

It is difficult to quantify the will to live, but a tiny kitten that was set on fire and nearly burned to death is as good an example as any.

Wrapped in towels in a cage at the Animal Hospital of Cotati, Adam, as the hospital staff calls him, is struggling to survive against all odds.

The kitten was only 8 weeks old June 19 when two 15-year-old girls allegedly poured flammable liquid on him while he was trapped in a cage and lit a match.

An 11-year-old boy and his friend saw the smoke and heard the cat shrieking amid what they described as the girls’ laughter. They found the kitten cowering near death in bushes next to a creek and brought him to the apartment manager.

The girls, whose names have not been released, were charged in Sonoma County Juvenile Court with felony cruelty to animals last week after an intensive search, a $10,000 reward fund and a Bay Area-wide furor.

Little Adam purrs and bats playfully at toys in the dog-size cage inside the hospital and has free rein in the master bedroom or in a playpen at the home of head nurse Tina Wright, who takes him with her every night.

But he is a long way from being out of danger. His tail and the tips of his ears had to be amputated, and his entire back is nothing but raw tissue, the skin having been burned completely off.

“If left untreated, he would die,” said Dr. Katheryn Hinkle, the head veterinarian and owner of the Animal Hospital. “He would get an infection. You can’t have that much open skin and not get an infection. He is also very vulnerable to viral disease at this point.”

The kitten has already undergone two operations in which the surgeon stretched skin from his sides and partially covered the open wound on his back. He will need several more skin-stretching operations before the wound is closed, including grafts from other areas of his body.

“Every week he’s going to have some skin-grafting technique to close that big gap on his back,” Hinkle said. “There’s not enough skin on the sides to complete the job.”

Hinkle said it will take at least two more surgeries and possibly several months before Adam’s exposed areas are covered. She said the most difficult part is the feline’s rear end. “He’s got pieces of his pelvic bone sticking out,” she said.

“The degree of injury is greater than our normal level of trauma that we care for,” Hinkle said. “He’s our most critical patient, and we’re watching him constantly.”

Adam cannot leave his cage inside the hospital because of the danger of contamination, and nobody is allowed to touch him without gloves. His bandages are changed every morning at 7 a.m. He eats both dry and wet cat food except after surgery, when he is on an intravenous pump for 24 hours to monitor his intake of fluids, medicines and painkillers.

“Monitoring the IV pump requires me to stay up all night,” Wright said. “It is exactly like having an infant. I have to haul all the stuff back to work in a diaper bag.”

The kitten was one of six feral litter mates captured along with a male cat on a Santa Rosa farm and brought back to the trapper’s apartment in the Apple Valley neighborhood. The plan was to get the cats spayed and neutered at Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, an organization dedicated to controlling wild cat populations humanely. The cats were to be turned loose on the farm again after being sterilized.

The trapper left three cages on his porch overnight, but the two containing the other five kittens were stolen. The male cat was left on the porch, and nobody knows for sure what happened to the other kittens.

The barbarity Adam endured stunned and angered community leaders, who cite studies showing that young people who abuse animals are more likely to someday abuse people.

“Hurting or terrorizing or torturing animals is one symptom of conduct disorder,” said Lisa Boesky, a San Diego-based clinical psychologist, who specializes in identifying violent tendencies in juveniles. “We need to ask the question, ‘Why did they do this?,’ and then address that.”

The money and attention being lavished on Adam has angered many in the neighborhood, where a 16-year-old boy was killed a year ago to much less outrage.

“The mentality here is: They can put up a reward for a burned cat, but they can’t put up a reward for a kid who got killed,” said Shawna Shaffer, the apartment manager who called for help after the kitten was brought to her office. “But we’re talking (in both cases) about the way kids are being raised in this neighborhood.”

Some are questioning the decision to keep the cat alive at considerable expense instead of putting it out of its misery. The surgeries and care alone will probably total from $20,000 to $30,000, Hinkle said. Money is being raised by Forgotten Felines, and the veterinary surgeon, Lisa Alexander, has been operating pro bono.

“He is fighting for his life, so we would never bail out on him at this point,” Hinkle said. “This is what compassion looks like, what the children in that neighborhood need more of in their lives.

“From my perspective, those girls need more help than this kitten. My goal for Adam is for him to be the poster child for what the community can do if it comes together.”

Adam’s next surgery will probably be on Thursday or Friday. “In the end, he’ll be adopted into a good home,” said Wright, who also works for Forgotten Felines. “I have the option (to adopt him), but I try not to think too far ahead.”

News Link:-: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/COTATI-Adam-the-torched-kitten-may-need-all-9-2580649.php#ixzz2DcPn2fd8

Kittens killed in arson attack on house in Wigan

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Four feral kittens died after an arson attack at an empty house.

They were killed along with their mother at the property on Larkhill Avenue, Wigan, at around 9.30pm last night.

Police are investigating reports that two men were seen to break in before the fire started in the living room.

The kittens, who were just days old, were taken by an RSPCA officer to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, but their condition deteriorated and they were put to sleep.

A joint police and fire service probe is under-way.

“If anyone knows who did this, please contact the police, killing animals is a crime & those who commit such an act must be punished before they turn their evil ways towards children or adults!”

News Link:http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1587730_kittens-killed-in-arson-attack-on-house-in-wigan

 

In Defense Of Animals Doubles Reward In Minneapolis Cat Cruelty Case

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Reward fund now totals $2,000 to convict person(s) who stabbed and set cat on fire

Minneapolis, Minn. (August 16, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization based in California, has added $1,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever stabbed, then burned to death a cat in a Minneapolis park. This brings the total reward to $2,000.

On August 12, police responded to a call from park employees who found a dead cat in the Longfellow Park and Recreation Center, a voting location used in Tuesday’s primary election. The cat’s throat had been slit, she had been set on fire, and a small American flag had been stabbed into her body. There was also an Obama/Biden lawn flag stuck in the ground at the site. That prompted interest from the FBI, Secret Service, and the Department of Homeland Security, who are also investigating.

The Minnesota Federated Humane Societies (MFHS) has posted a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. “This despicable act of animal cruelty will not go unpunished,” said MFHS General Council Representative Tim Shields to WCCO, the local CBS affiliate. “Those responsible for this cruel, torturous death of a house pet will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

IDA has pledged to double that reward to encourage someone to come forward with information. “Whoever would commit this grotesque crime is a danger to us all.” said Jack Carone, Communications Director of IDA. “We know beyond a doubt that animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against humans. Someone knows something, and we ask them to come forward, both in the interest of justice for this poor animal and for the safety of the community.”

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal killing to contact the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies at 612-866-8663. To contribute to the reward fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext.0.

News Link:-http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/in-defense-of-animals-doubles-reward-in-minneapolis-cat-cruelty-case/

Humane society seeking help in possible animal cruelty case

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“This is horrendous…it seems I just get over posting one story about a cat or dog set on fire, then another appears! So I’ll repeat myself again, somebody must know something, so keep those eyes & ears open, if someone intentionally did this, they will probably be bragging about it on face book; which seems to be the norm for these sicko’s ! No matter how trivial you think any information you may have is, please call the number below!!”

A severely burnt cat that may be the victim of animal cruelty has prompted the Humane Society to seek the public’s help.

The orange tabby that’s about five years old was found July 20 from Esdras Street in the Riverside area and executive director Melanie Coulter said the cat may have been intentionally harmed by being locked in a structure such as a crate or shed which was set on fire.

All the fur was completely gone in very large spots on the side of his body. He had burns on his face and paws as well,” she said Thursday of the first and second degree burns on the tabby who is recovering.

The really sad part, she said is the cat named Charry is a very affectionate feline that was purring and rubbing against the medical staffs’ hands during treatment.

“The thought that someone could intentionally do this to this cat is quite disturbing.”

The cat wasn’t set on fire but it also doesn’t look like the feline was involved in a house fire.

A concerned citizen called July 20 about the cat which smelled strongly of smoke and was missing 10 to 20 per cent of its fur in large patches when it was picked up. Coulter said the burns looked like they had happened that same day and by the next day they had started to blister.

Windsor firefighters didn’t report any house fires that could have involved cats at that time, Coulter said. After an examination by a veterinarian, it looked more like the tabby may have been intentionally locked in a structure that was set on fire and he escaped, she said. “He’s got burns on his sides and paws and face so if he kind ran through more fire or he rubbed along the side of the structure that’s where he could’ve got those serious burns on his sides.

The friendly Charry is expected to make a full recovery and has already been adopted. He charmed a friend of a veterinary technician involved in the case and may be able to go to his new home a week from Saturday.

If the fire was deliberately set and the Humane Society can find the person responsible, that person could face Criminal Code charges or charges could be laid under the Ontario SPCA act for causing distress to an animal.

Coulter said she’s hoping to find someone in the Riverside area who remembers seeing a suspicious fire or a small fire that didn’t seem noteworthy at the time but may help the society’s investigation. It would have happened around July 20, which was a Friday.

“We think because it probably took place outside in the backyard that someone may have seen something and so we’re hoping that someone will come forward with information that will help us find out who did this.”

Anyone with information about what happened to this cat is asked to call the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society investigations department at 519-966-5751, ext. 16. You do not have to give your name to make a report.

News Link:-http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/08/02/cat-burned-humane-society-seeking-help-in-possible-animal-cruelty-case/

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Animal group offers $2,500 reward to find person who set cat on fire

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RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based on Sacramento, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever doused a cat with accelerant and lit her on fire in a public park last Tuesday in West Sacramento.

Yolo County Animal Services is looking for the suspect or suspects who intentionally torched the cat.

Animal Services responded to a call of the severely burned cat around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher.

Witnesses had observed what appeared to be a ball of fire moving through Circle Park near Circle Street and Alabama Avenue.

When the witnesses went to investigate, they found the cat badly burned but still alive and called for assistance while staying with the animal until Animal Services arrived, Fletcher said.

The cat, a female stray domestic short hair brown tabby, was transported by Animal Services to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care.

Ultimately, the cat had to be euthanized due to the severity of her injuries.

“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this brazen and cruel act to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so West Sacramento residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this sick and disturbing act is punished to the full extent of the law.”

A study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University showed that people who abuse animals are five times more likely commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses, according to RedRover.

RedRover pledges rewards around the country to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to highlight the need for harsher punishments in such cases.

However, RedRover has only paid the reward twice in 18 years, highlighting the need for law enforcement, prosecutors and citizens to take animal cruelty crimes more seriously, Forsyth stated.

Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

If anyone has information regarding this act of animal cruelty, please contact Yolo County Animal Services at 668-5287 or West Sacramento Police Department at (916)617-4900.

News Link-http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_20560757/animal-group-offers-2-500-reward-find-person

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