A northeastern Pennsylvania woman goes on trial today on charges of piercing the bodies of three stray cats to sell them as "Gothic kittens" online, The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barres reports. Holly Crawford, 35, of Ross Township, is accused of cruelty to animals and criminal conspiracy.
Prosecutors say humane officers and state police who searched Crawford's home last year seized three kittens with ear, neck and tail piercings. At least one had a ring on its tail used to prevent blood flow, causing the tail eventually to fall off, the newspaper says.
Crawford's attorney on Monday told the court there was no evidence she acted "wantonly and maliciously."
"Why is it a crime to pierce a cat's ears?" attorney John Pike said.
Crawford allegedly pierced the ears and necks of the 2-month-old kittens and tried to sell them on the Internet as "Gothic kittens," The Times-Leader writes.
A year ago, she told the AP that she didn't see a difference between piercing a cat or a human.
"When I did it, it wasn't with any cruel intentions," she said. "They were definitely loved, well fed, no fleas, clipped nails. And they were happy."
She said she used sterilized needles and made sure they weren't bleeding.
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