Woman Receives House Arrest for Piercing "Gothic Kittens"

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Woman Receives House Arrest for Piercing "Gothic Kittens"

By Nick Allen, Telegraph.co.uk
 April 2010

A woman convicted of animal cruelty for marketing "gothic kittens" with ear and neck piercings has been sentenced to six months of house arrest.

Holly Crawford 35, was ordered to close her dog grooming business in Pennsylvania for more than two years.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley allowed her to keep her pets, which include a dog, three cats and three snakes.

A jury convicted Crawford in February of animal cruelty. Prosecutors alleged that Crawford pierced three black kittens because "she thought it was neat" to sell gothic kittens on the internet.

Defence lawyers had argued that parents allow children to get pierced ears at young ages, and it would be wrong to hold cat owners to a higher standard.

Miss Crawford said she used sterilized needles and made sure the kittens were healing well.

During her trial an animal cruelty investigator and vet said the ear piercings affected the cats' hearing and neck piercings affected their balance.