Teen Admits She Failed To Let Kitten Out Of Hot Oven

A New York City teenager has admitted that she failed to let a kitten out of an oven after a friend put the animal inside and left it to roast to death.

After pleading guilty to charges of animal cruelty and attempted burglary on Wednesday, 17-year-old Cheyenne Cherry confronted a row of animal activists outside the courtroom.

Cherry stuck out her tongue and told the activists that the kitten named Tiger Lily was "dead."

Authorities say Cherry and a 14-year-old friend ransacked a Bronx apartment before putting the cat in the oven, where it cried and scratched before dying.

The 14-year-old was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and burglary in the May 6 incident. Cherry will serve a year in jail under a plea bargain.


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  • by questioner Location: Kansas on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    The point isn't that it was a kitten. The point is the girls' lack of empathy for the suffering of a fellow living creature, and their lack of remorse. Those girls should be subjected to the same treatment that the cat got for as long as it takes to make them understand how horrible their act was.
  • by Lauren Location: Superior WI on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    Oh wow what a little brat!! about her sticking out her tongue and saying the cat was "Dead". These girls really have some nerve and what i cant understand is them BEING girls...after they put the cat in the oven and seeing the pain its going thru, to not be like "oh my god take it out take it out" but for them no regrets, its sick and sad. They need help! because yes that is the first step before serial killing or murdering..not necessarily saying she will end up being one but if no help then there is more to come of that behavior. I can understand people wanna put her in a big oven right now. I cant imagine being the owners of the cat and house!! Well i hope i hear more on this story on the news soon!!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 21, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    Derek, how I would react if one of my cats was left in the oven, well I'd be as mad as the false messiah obuma when his teleprompter fell over. I must admit though, I'd be more mad about oven. That thing cost me almost a thousand bucks and I wouldn't want it anymore if a cat got baked in it. Cats are not a thousand bucks. Closer to the point, I would have the culprit prosecuted and would be pleased if they received a rather harsh sentence like a year in jail. I feel that sentence is more than adequate for the crime of baking a cat. Now when it comes to the oven, they would have to take it out of his canteen money or something or I would have to turn his pockets out a few times after he did get out of jail. I'd get my stove money!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:21 PM
    I'm with Tad on this one. The punishment was appropriate; if anything, it was a little much for the crime itself, but such a lack of remorse warranted a longer sentence. And we can't convict people for crimes they haven't committed yet. The Tom Cruise movie about that didn't even do all that well - does anybody even remember the name? Don't get me wrong, I like animals, especially cats, but at the end of the day, they're still animals, and we can't punish people too harshly for killing animals, because then, where do we draw the line? What about killing ants? The issue isn't that a cat was killed, it's that a teenager was cruel to an animal. I think her year should be augmented with community service in an animal shelter. That's the most appropriate punishment I can think of. Jail won't help her; jails don't do anything for their inmates, they're just there to make the rest of us feel safe.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Tad - its been clearly stated by psychologists that children/young adults who abuse animals often lead to abuse to humans later in life. This story is important because she may again be in the news in the future, possibly for the murder of an innocent. There have been several court decisions that can be attributed to "punish(ment) by emotion", how would you react if one of your cats (or kittens) was left in an oven? I think anyone with compassion would act out.
  • by em on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    this is very sad although im not a big cat fan it is a animal and is important
  • by Animal Lover M Location: Greenville on Jul 18, 2009 at 12:24 AM
    Hopefully, she'll get to play with Seigfried and Roy's White Tiger when she gets out. She can even try sticking it in a microwave if she wants. I'd buy THAT video. Hope she at least bites het tongue off in a car crash someday. I love happy endings.
  • by sickened Location: nc on Jul 17, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    Very sick!! Can't imagine how that poor thing suffered. These two need a good a** whipping!! And to Tad, I'm a cynic as well, as you clearly are, but c'mon man! This is ridiculous! Anyone that could do something like this can't be normal. Just because something is animal and not human, does not mean it has no feeling. They feel pain. I do not think one year is enough. If my fourteen or seventeen year old did something like this, they wouldn't be able to sit down for a looong time. Parents have to do more. Kids this old do not just do something like this one day out of the blue. I'm sure other things led up to this.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 17, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Maddog and other animal freaks, I have two cats myself, but the only reason they eat before I do is because I feed them on my way out of the house in the morning and on my way in the house in the evening. Yea, they live outside where animals are supposed to be. I feed them and pet them and in return they keep mice and snakes away from my house. It's logical and works out well for both me and the cats. They do not come in my house and eat the same food I do or lick plates at my table. That is filthy and disgusting and people who let nasty animals in their house to do that are nasty too. That being said, this girl was sentenced to a year in jail for her crime. Not a slap on the wrist. Sorry freaks, it was a cat, not a human. A year for killing a cat is appropriate, don't get so shrill and emotional. If we punished by emotion there would be times when things would get completely out of control and we would have nitwits shooting people in courtrooms. Calm yourselves down.
  • by pawlover Location: enc on Jul 17, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    I am so sick of hearing about these pathetic individuals that have nothing else to do but torment a poor innocent living thing. Even if the intent wasn't to kill, why put it in the oven? What purpose. Is the mind so limited that they couldn't think of anything productive to do. This person should be made to work in a humane society everyday after school for a long term period and everyday during the summer months. Pathetic and it just keeps getting worse. Defenseless animals falling victim to unworthy humans.
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