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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    Stupid people can be so cruel.

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    Pa. pet groomer charged with piercing kittens
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    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A woman who marketed "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy.

    Dog groomer Holly Crawford, 34, was charged Tuesday by humane officers. Her home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided Dec. 17 after the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County received a tip from PETA that she was marketing the animals online for hundreds of dollars.

    Crawford has said she will plead innocent.

    Crawford told The Associated Press on Thursday that she didn't see any difference between piercing a cat and piercing a human. She said she used sterile needles and surgical soap and that she checked the kittens several times a day to make sure they were healing properly.

    "When I did it, it wasn't with any cruel intentions," said Crawford, of rural Ross Township. "They were definitely loved, well-fed, no fleas, clipped nails. And they were happy."

    Daphna Nachminovitch, a vice president for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, called the piercings "barbaric."

    "There's no excuse for inflicting such pain on an animal that's the size of your palm," she said.

    SPCA Officer Carol Morrison said the kittens had 14-gauge piercings through their ears and submission rings at the napes of their necks. One kitten's tail was docked.

    Crawford, who sports her own body piercings, said she decided on a whim to pierce the ears and neck of a stray kitten she took in last fall and named Snarley Monster. She said she docked the cat's tail because it was badly damaged and that the animal was not intended for sale.

    Morrison charged Crawford and William Blansett, 37, of Sweet Valley, each with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, three summary counts of cruelty and three counts of conspiracy.

    Crawford said Blansett helped take calls about the kittens but that he had nothing to do with the piercings.

    A number for Blansett could not be located.

    Crawford said her dog-grooming business, Pawside Parlor, has plummeted since the raid and that she has received dozens of nasty phone calls.

    "My name's ruined, my reputation's ruined, my business is ruined," she said.
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    Crawford told The Associated Press on Thursday that she didn't see any difference between piercing a cat and piercing a human.
    Oh they must be joking. What the hell is this lady thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post

    "My name's ruined, my reputation's ruined, my business is ruined," she said.
    Well duh. She's in a business that's supposed to take care of animals and she wonders why people are upset? What a maroon.
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    Should have shaved and tattooed them....
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    People choose to get piercings. The kittens don't have a choice. Plus how about snagging the jewelry when climbing or playing?

    Not only is she a maroon but she's also a moran.
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    Body piercings on people are one thing, because either they wanted them, or their master/mistress did.

    But on animals? This is one of the times I agree with PETA. For an animal, the piercing can cause abcesses, infection, and major tissue damage if it gets ripped out.

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    Animals are companions not toys. Stupid people should be neutered.
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    If I wanted true friends I wouldn't eat my spaghetti with a fork. I'm not sure what that means but you get the jest of it. Or not.

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    This is jacked up, but, honestly, I feel the same way about people that get their newborns ears pierced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsafealpine View Post
    this is jacked up, but, honestly, i feel the same way about people that get their newborns ears pierced.

    ditto
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    Neck and tail piercings are just cruel. Ears, not so much. (My ex had 2 cats w/ pierced ears and seriously, I think children are more traumatized by the act than these cats were.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I feel the same way about people that get their newborns ears pierced.
    People do that? Ugh, how creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Neck and tail piercings are just cruel. Ears, not so much. (My ex had 2 cats w/ pierced ears and seriously, I think children are more traumatized by the act than these cats were.)
    But what is the purpose? Earrings would get snagged. It's not like the cat can untangle them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    People do that? Ugh, how creepy.
    Yep, I was one of those who were pierced at birth. I don't mind so much as it's less horrible than circumcising boys at birth, but if I had the choice I would've wanted to get pierced at 12-14 and I'd do 2-3 holes in each ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    I don't mind so much as it's less horrible than circumcising boys at birth
    True, of course. Creepy vs. barbaric.

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    I think it is wrong to do this to animals. I also think I am going to sue for the clipping they gave me when I was a few days old.....sheeshhh....it hurt like hell and I could not make them stop.....

    Leave all the young beings be...............
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    I just don't get the depths of human stupidity and cruelty

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    My 2yo girl has no piercings. If she wants them when she grows up, she can say so and get them. In the mean time, I'm not piercing my girl.

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    I think it's as stupid and barbaric as people who get their dog's ears and tails cropped.

    Exactly the same page, in my book.
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    Well I know that my niece cropped her dog's tail because her dog helps out at the ranch and the horses would step on the tail if not cut. She even invited me to come help cut the puppy tails. I couldn't do it. I just couldn't go there. But the ears? They do that for dog fighting.
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    whats the world coming to

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    "My name's ruined, my reputation's ruined, my business is ruined," she said.


    Awwwww, I ... feel so BAD for her.

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    We should all call her shop and ask why she does that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRoadGuy View Post
    Stupid people should be neutered.
    If only the solution was that easy . . . .

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    I disapprove of what she did, but to single her out to be charged with a crime? Are they going to charge all the people who dock the tails and trim the ears of certain breeds of dogs, too? Might be a good thing...

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