SPCA: Woman Pierced Kittens And Marketed On Web

Humane officers say a Pennsylvania woman marketed "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet.

Officers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals removed three kittens and a cat Wednesday from a home outside Wilkes-Barre, about 20 miles southwest of Scranton.

Officer Carol Morrison says the society got a tip that the Ross Township woman was selling the pierced kittens on the Internet.

She says, "It's unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens."

Charges are likely against the homeowner, whose name was not released. Morrison says the woman has a pet grooming business in the basement of her home.

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  • by Coach M Location: RMT on Dec 31, 2008 at 03:14 AM
    Another example of government feeling they can pass judgement on someone for doing something "THEY" deem a crime. Were these kittens fedd well? Were they in need of medical treatment? When someone does something out of the ordinary, why do alot of people seem to think it's wrong? I would not do that to my pets but if she wants to do this or if there are people that wants pets such as this, why not. As long as the pets are treated well and loved. I had my first cat declawed. She died in a house fire and my kids wanted another several years later. I since learned exactly want declawing was and decided not to do this as I felt it was inhumane. But I also would not have my dog ears cropped or tale bobbed. To each his own. What bothers me more are people that neglect their pets. But, Holli and others, how is a chip different?
  • by mustangchick Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2008 at 11:04 PM
    This women should be arrested and put away for a very long time. That has got to be the meanest thing you could do to a animal. Cats are very long and forgiving animals. All you hear on television anymore is how people are mistreating animals. If you are not goiing to treat the animal right, don't just mistreat it give to someone who will be kind to it.
  • by Holli Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2008 at 01:56 PM
    The chip is a good thing sometimes because pets run off. Sometimes due to neglect of owners keeping up with them, but other times because they happen to become a master escape artist. This is also completely different that piercing. Piercing was for looks, chip for safety. Doesnt matter, we are all going to have a different opinion and it will be a constant battle! Merry Christmas everyone.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 23, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    As a blogger has reminded me...I have all my pets micro-chipped....without their say so.. of course. Kathy, as in any healthy relationship there are agreements and disagreements. We know what the men here don't. We can disagree on one blog and then come together on another. Never doubt this....if I see you need me on a blog I will be there. But you certainly can hold your own.....! ALPHA
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Dec 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    I notice that no one has brought up these dangers to the cat-scratching and chewing. A cat scratching its ear could very easily rip out the piercing or get the tip of the claw in the hole (cows do not use claws to scratch and animals can't scratch out the chips). Piercings on the tail could be easily chewed on and possibly swallowed. Having tried to keep a cat with stiches in his ear from ripping them out and making his ear worse while scratching, I can't believe anybody could be this stupid. This woman definately did not think about anything past getting money. Those who equate this with babies, would you put hoop earrings on a baby that little fingers could get caught in and rip its earlobe open?
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    Oh I wasn't aware that somebody died and left you boss Sam. Alpha, as in the past a few times (very few) I agree with you. There are a lot worse things than ear piercing. I bet that most people who have their cats declawed don't even realize that the claws are not pulled out or cut off, the digits are AMPUTATED to the first knuckle. How humane is that? Where would we be if that happened to us? Tapping along on nubs I guess.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 23, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    Alright enough of that debate, the main thing is that she just wants to find another easy way of making that $$$.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    When I was in Ohio, it was routine to place GPS chips under the skin. It was done by animal control. So animal experts can place a tracking device in an animal but a piece of jewelry placed quite literally the same way is a crime? Teenagers can get abortions (take a life) but you better not put an earring in that cat! The world is become run by freaks and idiots.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Dec 23, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    Well, J, I didn't. I see babies all the time though that have a lil earring in each ear. My daughter is 8, & decided last yr that she wanted hers pierced. I told her that it hurts, and is a little bit uncomfortable, but she still wanted to do it. I let her. She didn't cry, and she actually did better than I did when I got mine done at the age of 17(I used to fear pain). She did, however, fall short of keeping them up, so we ended up taking them out. She wants to get them done again one day, but not till she's ready to take care of them. Happy Holidays, J ;)
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 22, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    Guess what else happens to cats and dogs that can't talk.....they have their tails docked, dew claws removed, ears clipped, spayed, neutered, gassed, ran over and left on the side of the road, abandoned, abused, and sometimes kept with families they can't leave....all without their say so..... Did the chicken, pig, or cow have a say so on how you cooked it hypocrite? Did that cow have a choice in, which ear it wanted that tag in? Those kittens are alive...dodo birds. My family rescued a cat on gas day....one less died but one more was neutered. If you're that concerned, then join paranoid PETA! Nuts...how do you keep escaping out of the attic?
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