I just read a email from the ASPCA that broke my heart. I'm copying it from the website: http://www.aspca.org/news/national/09-25-09.html
On September 14, Bronx resident Ronald Ross, 33, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Adam Gankiewicz and charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly kicking his mother’s cat, Meow, in the face.
According to Ross’s mother, the incident occurred on the morning of August 21, when after searching the apartment for her missing cat, she found Meow hiding under her son’s bed—her face traumatized. When confronted about the cat's condition, her son reportedly laughed before admitting to kicking the cat repeatedly in the face with his steel-toe boots. The woman rushed Meow to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where the cat was treated for injuries, including several broken teeth and a ruptured eye that was surgically removed.
Following the attack, the Bronx District Attorney filed a restraining order against Ross on behalf of his mother, who subsequently had the locks of her apartment changed. Under these conditions, Meow returned home where she is now recuperating.
Ross was indicted by a Bronx grand jury on charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty and misdemeanor animal cruelty, which is a lesser offense. If convicted, he could face up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, applauded the swift action of the grand jury in indicting Ross on multiple counts in this case. “Inflicting such severe injury on a helpless cat signals the potential for violence directed at other vulnerable victims, including human family members. Serious criminal sanctions are a vital tool in the fight against these vicious crimes.”
If you know of an animal who is being hurt, please report it—those who intentionally hurt animals may move on to abuse the people in their lives. To report animal cruelty in New York City, call the ASPCA’s tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty elsewhere.
I just don't know how anyone could do that! My cats as much as I love them often make me upset at messes they make or other things they do, but I could never hurt one like that. Case in point: Just the other night, Coal got mad because I wouldn't let him lay on my neck so he attacked me with both paws at once scratching the right side of my neck, the lest side of my nose and the inside of my ear. Yes, it hurt and I was angry enough to pick him up the the scruff of his neck and put him on the floor, but kick him with steeltoed boots? NEVER!!! Just the thought of it makes me cry!
Two years in jail and a $2,000 fine is not enough for such cruelty! If he could do this to an innocent animal what's he going to do to the next human that angers him? Part of me thinks that he needs to experience how it feels to be kicked in the face multiple times with a steeltoed boot! However, the Christian in me feels that he needs counseling and help. Maybe a bit of both would be best.