It is with great sadness we report that Little Heart, the 7 week old kitten saved by a 9 year old boy from a 12 year old attacker last Saturday, has died today, the day it was supposed to be put up for adoption. RIP sweet kitty.
The tiny grey striped kitten was supposed to be ready to find a good loving home and family today but that will not happen now.
Formerly known as “kitten”, the little creature is now called Little Heart, after the deep blue heart on the bandage used to wrap a broken leg, as brokenhearted supporters bestow the dignity of a name on the tiny victim.
In a case which has captured the attention of cat lovers everywhere and those who appreciate acts of bravery in defense of the defenseless, last Saturday a young Suffolk VA boy stopped an older tough from a brutal attack on a 7 week old kitten that a group of children had been playing with before the thug came along and grabbed it away.
9 year old Jamarea Mills reportedly knocked a knife from the 12 year old accused attacker’s hand when the older boy threatened to cut the helpless kitten after committing other brutal acts against it.
Jamarea and the other children carefully placed the kitten in a box to protect it from the elements, thinking it was dead. An Animal Control officer later came by, discovered the kitten was alive and took it to receive medical care and find protection at the local shelter. The kitten was initially determined to have a broken leg and bruised abdomen and lung but was expected to live and go to a good home soon.
Overnight last night the kitten developed breathing difficulties and was taken to an emergency vet by its foster family, where it died early this morning. A necropsy will be conducted and if the kitten is found to have died as a result of the attack it is possible that charges against the 12 year old alleged attacker may be upgraded from a weak misdemeanor animal cruelty charge to a felony. The 12 year old was arrested when witnesses from the scene identified the boy as the attacker.
See 9 Year Old Boy Saves Kitten From Abuser: 12 Year Old Charged for the original story from June 3.
See more coverage at our index of Little Heart stories.