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Kitten burned - chance to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BESIDES JUST GETTING MAD!!

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Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
 
 
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 9:15pm PST 
I am re-posting this from another topic b/c I think it might find some new viewers here; it was originally posted by MISTY in "Cats in the News" :

My mom saw this on the news last.

Kitten set on fire
By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A two-month-old black domestic short hair kitten is recovering from third degree burns after it was found torched inside a cage at an apartment complex in Santa Rosa’s Apple Valley area.

The kitten was one of six kittens and an adult cat that had been trapped Tuesday night for spaying and neutering at Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County. However, the Apple Valley resident who had been hired to capture the kittens left them caged outside his apartment overnight.

When he woke, the two cages that held the kittens were gone.

“Basically, he was trying to do a good thing and bad people came into play,” said Forgotten Felines Executive Director Jennifer Kirchner.

Kirchner said the manager of the apartment complex had seen a group of people in the complex standing around a burning cage on Wednesday evening.

The kitten, now named Adam, is being treated at an animal hospital in Cotati.

“There’s a high risk of infection with burn wounds, so he needs intensive care,” said Kirchner. “He’s on intravenous pain medication and fluid.”

Kirchner reported the incident to police who she said began their investigation Friday afternoon. She said two cages, one containing four kittens and the other with Adam and another kitten, were taken from outside the trapper’s apartment.

“We have no idea where the other (five) kittens are. There’s no sign of the other kittens or the traps,” she said.

Kirchner said Forgotten Felines is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting Adam on fire. People with information about the incident can call Forgotten Felines at 576-7999
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Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
 
 
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 9:16pm PST 
Another update from Misty:

There have been Updates to Adam's care and how he's doing.

June 26, 2007 5:16pm Update First of all, I'd like to thank those of you who have made donations to help with the cost of Adam's care and those who are expressing your care and concern. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Last night (Monday, 6/25/07) Dr. Hinkle at Animal Hospital of Cotati took Adam home to monitor his condition. Her teenage daughter, Samantha, stayed up with him all night. (She finally went to bed at 6:00am) During the night he made attempts to groom himself and play with a cat toy. He continues to respond to petting and even stood up to have a bowel movement. Although we are taking one day at a time, these little signs of normal kitten behavior are encouraging and reinforce our interpretation of Adam's desire to go on living.

There have been several people calling to offer Adam a home once he has recovered and lots of people expressing their disgust and shock at how someone could do such a horrific act.

The reward has now grown to $6000, and the authorities have been talking to the children who saw the incident occur.

Channel 2 will be featuring the story on the news tonight. We will continue to keep you updated on Adam's progress and the apprehension of those who committed this crime.

Jennifer Kirchner
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
(707) 576-7999

And this one.

June 27, 2007 6:41pm Update Last night he went home with the vet tech who said he purred and kneaded through the night, played with a toy, continues to eat like a champ and has started grooming his little paws. I went to visit him today at Animal Hospital of Cotati and he is doing SO much better. Everyone there thinks he has turned a corner, although the recovery will be a long one. He talks to you when you talk to him and although he still looks pretty rough, his eyes are bright and he is very responsive.

A reporter and cameraman from Channel 5, KCBS came up from SF today. Don't know exactly when it will be aired, but he should get some coverage. (He squawked during the whole interview!)

Spoke with the two officers investigating the incident from Animal Care & Control. They do have leads and say that every child in that complex is searching for the missing trap. The reward has caused quite a stir and donations from the residents continue to come in.

MWI, the medical supply distributor that we use is giving all of Adam's supplies FREE of charge. IDEXX, the diagnostic company that we use is doing all of Adam's blood work for FREE. One of the specialists from Animal Care Center was going to visit Adam today in order to help assess his progress.

Still no word about the missing trap or the other kittens.

We are touched and extremely grateful at the outpouring of donations and well wishes for Adam's recovery. Today at our Thrift Shop, Pick of the Litter, 8 year old Cody came in with his mother carrying a hand drawn picture of a black kitten playing with a ball and a note that read "I'm sorry that hapend to the kitten. Here is $10 to buy toys and some shrimp. I hope when he gets better he looks like this." (In an envelope he had the $10 and five shrimp treats.)

Thank you very much..until tomorrow

Jennifer

P.S. Today we held one of our spay/neuter clinics and altered 18 females and 8 males. This brings our total so far for the year to: *536 cats altered through our spay/neuter clinics

*This figure does NOT include the many cats we have altered through our private veterinarian partners in between spay/neuter clinic dates.

Jennifer Kirchner
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
(707) 576-7999

I am very happy to see a community rally behind him.

Misty
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Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
 
 
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 9:18pm PST 
Update from Misty:

July 5, 2007 11hi57am Update Hi Everyone: I spoke with Tina Wright, Adam's caretaker yesterday and although he had a difficult night after his surgery on Tuesday, he is now back to his normal playful self. In fact when I was speaking to her, he was playing with her hair, purring and kneading. He continues to race, "out of control" around her house, which includes climbing her curtains, has gained another 6 ounces and is still waking up at 4am to watch the sun rise.

I'm surprised we haven't heard anything from the District Attorney's office about charges, but we are being told that "these things take time".

We've received many kind notes and donations from people locally, all areas of California and even out of state. Dr. Lisa Alexander of Animal Care Center is donating her time as Adam's surgeon.

Still no sightings of the other kittens; we continue to hope for word of them as well.

Again, many thanks for your concern.

Jennifer Kirchner
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Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
 
 
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 9:20pm PST 
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WRITE OR CALL TO GET JUSTICE FOR LITTLE ADAM!!!!

LET'S DO SOMETHING BESIDES JUST GET MAD!!!

Last update from Misty:

July 7, 2007 8:27am Update
Dear FFSC Supporters: After the newspaper article yesterday in the Press Democrat, there is growing concern that the two girls responsible for burning Adam may not be charged. I believe it would be helpful to let the District Attorney know how you feel about this case. If you can find the time, please send off a quick e-mail - the sooner the better. Many thanks.

(7/8/07am) Hi All: So sorry about the e-mail address for Cynthia Cook. This is the address I was given; obviously there is an error somewhere. In the meantime, I've been informed that all the e-mail should really go to the District Attorney, Stephan Passalacqua, our ELECTED official.

The e-mail address I got off of the Sonoma County web site is shown below. I will CONFIRM that e-mail address tomorrow morning when their office is open. Sorry for the confusion. I'm certain your letters will make a difference; thank you for copying me on them.

District Attorney is Stephan Passalacqua
spassala@sonoma-county.org

600 Administration Drive, Room 212-J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-2311
(707) 565-2762

Adam still continues to do well. Tina, and everyone at Animal Hospital of Cotati continue to give him the best of care. We're very grateful.

Jennifer Kirchner
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
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Beloved- Angel Amelia- loves HL!

I am finally- with my True- Love Bill....
 
 
Purred: Tue Jul 10, '07 11:03pm PST 
HERE IS AN UPDATE FROM THE LOCAL PAPER:

(07-10) 16:48 PDT SANTA ROSA -- Two 15-year-old girls who were arrested on suspicion of trying to burn a kitten alive were charged today in Sonoma County Juvenile Court with felony cruelty to animals.

The girls, whose names were not released, stole cages of trapped feral cats from a resident's porch in the Apple Valley neighborhood of Santa Rosa on June 19, according to prosecutors and animal care officials.

The felines were going to be spayed and neutered by Forgotten Felines before being released. Five kittens and their mother were released, but the girls allegedly poured an accelerant over one of the 8-week-old kittens while it was still caged and set it on fire. The kitten suffered third degree burns over 45 percent of its body, losing its tail, the tips of its ears and much of the skin on its back, but it survived, animal care officials said.

"I've been a veterinary nurse for 25 years and I've never seen anything like this in my entire life," said Tina Wright of The Animal Hospital of Cotati, which has been caring for the kitten. "By that I mean both the brutality and the extent of burn."

The girls were arrested Friday and, if convicted, they could face up to three years in juvenile hall, said Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua.

"Animal cruelty will not be tolerated," Passalacqua said in a written statement. "Understandably, the public is distressed over the maltreatment of innocent animals."

Wright said the kitten, named Adam by the hospital staff, is scheduled for surgery Wednesday to graft skin from its side onto its back. But Adam does not seem to be fazed, Wright said, friskily batting toys around and scratching the curtains just like a normal kitten.

"He doesn't have his tail anymore and he has several more surgeries to go, but he seems happy, he plays," Wright said. "He doesn't have any idea that anything is wrong with him."

Dr. Katherine Hinkle, a veterinarian and owner of the hospital, has opened the facility up to care givers and well wishers and dedicated much of her staff to Adam's care.

The other cats have not been found.

E-mail Peter Fimrite at pfimrite@sfchronicle.com
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Vincent:- L♥VES- TIGRESS!

FREE- TIGRESS!!!!!
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 3:45pm PST 
If you call 707-5652311 you can talk to the DA's secretary who will then pass your feelings on about this case. Please call and make a difference!!
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Blade- (2000-2010)

BE RESPONSIBLE,- SPAY AND NEUTER!
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 4:01pm PST 
Oh Amelia! I AM mad! I will certainly let my feelings be known. These girls should not just get a slap on the wrist.
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Sagan

Where's the- beef? ...or- chicken, or tuna
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 4:15pm PST 
OMG!!! I am so angry!!!! I am emailing right now! Those girls are evil and old enough to know that they were hurting that baby. They are sadistic little )*$)*)$....there are no words...life will give them what they deserve..in the mean time they need to be punished!

OK
Love,
Sagan and Family
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^Bill^ (An- Angel now)

Every day is- precious..one- day at a time
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 4:24pm PST 
I can't bear to think about what happened to those other wonderful babies. My heart is breaking just thinking of this. Thanks for letting us know Amelia! You are an angel!

Love,
Bill
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Monster

What did i do?
 
 
Purred: Wed Jul 11, '07 9:19pm PST 
let me at that human!!!!!! i will claw his head to the day he is silenced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rude pepole or guy!!!!!!!!! is the kitty still alive they are sick cruel pepole!!!!!!! sorry for my languege but it,s true!
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