Friday, December 19, 2008
Gothic Kittens For Sale Seized
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals removed three kittens and a cat from a home outside Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
"This is a first. It's unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens," animal protection officer Carol Morrison told the local Times Leader newspaper.
They were tipped off after a listing appeared on a website under the title "pure black, tailless, pierced, gothic kitten".
One of the defenceless creatures, named Snarley Monster, is shockingly described as "a three-month-old, floppy-eared, loveable kitten with a docked tail" in the advert.
The animal is pictured on the site with two 14-gauge ear piercings and a "submission ring" through the back of its neck.
Ring on back of kitten's neck
The owner asked for offers over $400 for the kitten, the jewellery and a silk submission lead to clip onto the neck ring.
Ms Morrison said the kittens would be checked over by a vet before a decision is made on whether they will be placed in new homes.
The woman, who had a pet grooming business in the basement of her home, is expected to face charges.