This is a follow up regarding the kitten who died as a result from being buried in concrete up to her neck alive. I'm not going to post a link to the video. It's on this site if you want to see it, but it's disturbing so I'm not going to voluntarily direct people there. The information below and link are to the Best Friends Animal Society, the amazing people who did everything they could do to save the animal. They were so disturbed by what happened, (and they see this stuff all of the time) that they have offered a reward for information leading to the person(s) responsible.
$5,000 reward offered in animal abuse case
July 13, 2012 - By Gregory Castle - ( 88 Comments )
This is a sad story, so get ready.
This story highlights the senseless cruelty that sick, weak people
inflict on helpless animals. This sort of thing happens somewhere
everyday and always elicits a gut-level revulsion on the part of anyone
whose mind isn’t a cobweb of confusion or whose moral compass isn’t
spinning like a top.
This is the story of Thomas, a four-month old kitten who was buried up to
his chest in newly poured concrete and left to suffer and die by someone
who deserves to be removed from society. When he was discovered the
following day, he had to be chiseled out by the young man, Andrew, who
had poured the cement the day before and left for the day. Thomas had to
have been placed into the cement while it was still wet. That means
Thomas was likely struggling to free himself for 18 hours as the cement
hardened around his frail body. All of this took place in Colorado City, Arizona,
a small community about a 45-minute drive from Best Friends that has received
dubious national attention as the home base of Warren Jeffs, convicted felon and
head of a polygamist community.
Best Friends has provided free spay/neuter and emergency vet care to
residents of Colorado City for years, so a local resident called Best
Friends and we sent someone to meet up with Andrew and rush Thomas to
our clinic. Our medical staff, joined by members of Best Friends maintenance
department, worked side by side to remove as much of the hardened
concrete from Thomas’ fur, face, legs and eyes as possible without doing
more harm to him. Our vets, who over the years have attended to many
animals who have been victims of car accidents, cruelty cases, chemical
burns and worse, have never been so distressed as they were by this case
and the trauma inflicted on innocence.
Thomas was stabilized and treated to relieve his pain, but sadly, he had to be euthanized a few days later.
Through the 28 years of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, we’ve seen
thousands of animals in their final hours and minutes. But there was
something particularly unnerving about seeing this helpless, adorable
kitten in such a state, and then realizing that we could not undo what
someone else had done. There was small comfort in knowing that we were
able to provide him with some kindness and compassion in his final days.
So now what?
We’ve received comments and messages of concern and condolence about
Thomas from people around the world. But the person or people who did
this to a sweet, young cat are still out there and we want them brought
to justice, as would any decent human being.
Thomas is no longer with us, but his spirit is very much entwined with ours. Best Friends is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s)
responsible for this act. We hope a cash reward will prompt someone to
come forward in Colorado City to identify the perpetrator.
Our only desire now is that whoever it is that inflicted the violence
on Thomas will soon be arrested and brought to justice. If you are
reading this and know something about Thomas and the events that brought
about his death, please contact the Mohave (Arizona) County Sheriff’s
Office at 800-526-1911.
Anyone capable of such a sadistic act is a danger to other animals,
to children, and to the entire community. Protect your family and
protect your pets. Don’t turn a blind eye to cruelty.
CEO, Best Friends Animal Society
Persons with information about the incident should contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 800-526-1911.
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