by ANC Staff and PETA
A stray kitten was thrown out of a car in
Fairmont, North Carolina, after being set on fire with a fireplace
lighter by a group of teenagers on December 17.
The two-month-old kitten, who has since been
named Miracle, was rescued by another teenager and her mother
and taken to a veterinarian.
The kitten was in shock when she arrived and
had to have one of her hind legs amputated due to the extent
of her injuries.
The animal advocacy group, 'People For The
Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA), is offering as much
as $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.
PETA believes that other animals in the area
- and even human residents - may be in danger as long as the
person or persons who committed this crime are at large. The
group is urging residents not to leave animals outside unattended.
"Animal abusers are cowards," says PETA
Casework Division Manager Martin Mersereau. "They take their
issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them.
Robeson County residents have reason to be concerned."
"According to leading mental health
professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of
violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who
pose a serious threat not only to other animals, but to the
community as a whole," Mersereau added.
Anyone with information about this case is
encouraged to contact the Fairmont Police Department at 910-628-5115.
© 2004 Animal News Center, Inc.