Last night we came across information on the Cat Blogosphere. As much as we hated to, we followed the links to check out the story and we watched the videos. They made us feel sick and helpless, as we watched one teenage boy abuse a helpless cat while another filmed it. Can you believe that? These -- we're angry but we have to watch what we call them -- these deranged "boys" think it's funny to abuse an animal. And they're proud of it. So proud they posted videos of this abuse on YouTube.
This story has caused an outcry of outrage across the county, as well it should. There is no excuse for such behavior. It should never be encouraged or rewarded, so we're glad YouTube has removed the videos and deleted the account. They deserve a reputation of infamy, not congratulations from fellow abusers.
From the first frame, you can tell this is not the first time this abuse has occurred. The cat acts much like a human who has been beaten up or beaten down so many times, she or he (adult or child) knows resistance is futile and there is no escape. And not surprisingly a videotape was found of them abusing another cat. Both cats have been removed from the home and will soon be given an opportunity to have a happy life in a new home.
The teenagers involved are from Lawton, Oklahoma -- Kenny Glenn, the abuser, and either his brother Weston or a friend (depending on which version you read), the videotaper. They have been arrested and are being charged as juveniles. The phone number for the juvenile court handling the matter is, we've read, 580-353-3717.
What we want to know is where were the parents? How could they not know, or at least have suspected? Why were these boys not taught kindness to God's creatures as young children? Are they acting out their home life or were they just "born" angry and violent? We have a lot of questions, but no answers.
View Lawton's KSWO news story and news videos.
As of last night the Please Help Dusty the Cat site had a link to the original videos. We don't have the heart to check today to see if the links there are still good. We don't want to watch them again and we don't encourage you to.
We're glad those teenagers won't get Dusty or the unnamed cat back to abuse again. We wish they would never have opportunity to repeat this, but at 14 and 16, we're afraid they will never learn what it is like to give and receive unconditional love from a pet. Or a human.
PS -- Bogart's dad is on life support and needs all our prayers. You can click on the graphic to visit his blog.