"Goth Kittens" Woman Found Guilty of Cruelty
Holly Crawford, the woman who continues to believe there's nothing wrong with piercing kittens with a 14-guage needle and selling them as "Goth Kittens" over the Internet has been found guilty of animal cruelty in a Pennsylvania court.
She was charged in December 2008 after animal control officers removed several kittens and cats with pierced ears and necks from her home. The Daily Mail reported that at least one of the kittens also had an elastic band tied around its tail to stop the blood flow so that the tail could eventually fall off.
Deputy District Attorney David Pedri told jurors that Crawford inflicted constant pain on three black kittens to make money by selling them as "gothic kittens" on the Internet.
But the defense argued that parents allow children to get pierced ears at young ages, and it would be wrong to hold cat owners to a higher standard.
Incredibly, the defense also argued that while animal rights organizations helped bring the case to trial, most of these organizations prompt pet owners to have their animals neutered or spayed which involves surgically removing either their testicles or ovaries and uteruses.
Fortunately, the defense was unable to convince the jury, who convicted Crawford on one misdemeanor count and one summary count of animal cruelty and will be sentenced next month. She was acquitted on two separate counts.