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"Man Arrested for Burning Kitten on Grill"

A neighborhood friend of Sherry Scott holds the kitten they named 'Lucky,' in a recent handout photo.  








LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) -- A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning a kitten on a barbecue grill as several other people stood around and watched in amusement.

A witness pulled the scorched, 7-week-old tabby from the hot coals, but it was severely injured and had to be put to death, police said.

"They kept saying, `Meow, meow,' and they were poking at it with a stick," said Sherry Scott, who burned her hand grabbing the kitten.

Charles C. Benoit, 24, was charged with animal abuse, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Jim Roberts, spokesman for the Clay County prosecutor's office, said he does not expect anyone else to be charged, because no witnesses could identify the others.

Scott said that on Friday night, she saw 10 or 12 people at the barbecue grill in the courtyard of the apartment complex where she lives. Scott said she asked what they were cooking, and they said it was a cat. She said the group taunted her, daring her to rescue the cat.

She said the group scattered when she threatened to call police. She said she pulled the kitten from where it had been shoved into the coals at the back of the grill. Its tail, whiskers, fur, eyes and throat were scorched.

"I called him Lucky because I thought I got him out of there just in time," she said.

Scott said she and other residents stayed up Friday night trying to nurse the kitten with an eye dropper of milk. But animal control officers decided that because of its respiratory injuries and inability to swallow food, it had to be destroyed.

"If you would have seen him, you would have cried," said Sheri Simpson, one of the residents who helped care for the kitten.

Comments

point51
Jul. 17th, 2002 10:46 am (UTC)
sometimes, people tell me that I am too critical/synical/jaded--that my opinions of the human race as a veil, contemptuous beast not worthy of its place on the planet are unwarranted, but these stories confirm, if anything, that fact.
I hate people. stupid people. mean people. intentionally ignorent people. lazy people. destuctive people. so few of our kind are worthy enough to inhabit this world--we are vastly outnumbered by evil bastards--bbq-ing a fucking kitten... my god... what kind of sick and depraved individual must you be, to have to affirm yourself by my placing a live kitten on hot coals?
if you eat them, kill them humainly. skin them, and add some vegies and a nice sauce, but for the love of all that right and just in the universe don't put a live animal on a fire!
they stopped burning people at the stake for a reason...