The case of a kitten now on the mend after suffering burned paw pads in an animal cruelty incident with fireworks prompts a warning reminder to pet owners and animal lovers as July 4 celebrations near. A PSA video speaks to all of us and a news report tells about the kitten and the case.
The kitten injured in the animal cruelty incident is doing well after suffering burns to her paw pads and having her whiskers singed off. She is on pain medication to help her feel better as she heals.
The kitten was brought to Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Animal Care and Control facility by the good Samaritan who found her after she had been victimized. The nature of her injuries, combined with a rubber band found wrapped to her tail suggest that she was intentionally injured with fireworks.
ACC Director Belinda Lewis is using this kitten’s case to make a strong appeal to pet owners, animal lovers, and anyone else opposed to acts of torture to be extra careful and aware as Fourth of July holiday celebrations across the US draw near.
Domestic, stray and feral cats are all at risk should they cross paths with the wrong people during the period when fireworks are widely available and are set off for several days and nights in a row. Cats, dogs and other animals can also panic, run off and become lost when exposed to the flashes and noise from fireworks.
“We’re using her to bring to your attention that the Fourth of July is a time to be extremely careful, aware of what’s going on around you, because she has been burned with fireworks.”
The injured kitten is regarded as the victim of criminal torture. The case is being investigated by authorities, and the person or persons involved can be charged with a Class D felony, bringing up to $10,ooo and 3 years in jail in penalties. ACC says they have received tips on who could be responsible for the crime, but the investigation remains open. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control appeal and warning, with Director Belinda Lewis:
News feature on the kitten and the incident: