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From Animals in Print 11 December 2000 Issue:

Kitten Set On Fire by Youth

The 14-year-old male youth who allegedly set a cat named PurrPurr on fire (resulting in her eventual death), appeared at a hearing in Marion County Juvenile Court (Marion County, OR) before Judge Thomas Hart on Dec. 1. The youth was charged with Aggravated Animal Abuse, a class C Felony in Oregon. Judge Hart ordered that he be supervised electronically and not be allowed to leave his grandfather's home except to meet with his defense attorney or to get a mandatory psychological evaluation. There is a possibility that this will go to trial. The next hearing date is December 21, 2000.

Case Background: On September 11, 2000, an innocent 10 week-old kitten was doused with diesel fuel and set on fire just outside Woodburn, Oregon. The story received national attention and the local vet clinic who cared for her received an outpouring of cards, letters and donations. Sadly, Purrpurr died from her wounds three weeks later.

The Marion County Sheriff's office conducted an investigation into the crime. The family of the accused youth moved him to Minnesota following the crime. The youth reportedly has prior offenses.


Please write to Judge Hart and thank him for charging the youth with felony animal cruelty, as well as recognizing the seriousness of crimes against animals. Also thank Bill Howell, the prosecutor on the case, for prosecuting aggressively and appreciating the undeniable connection between animal abuse and human violence.

The Honorable Judge Thomas Hart
Marion County Juvenile Court
3030 Center Street, NE
Salem, OR 97301
sorry, no e-mail address or fax number available.

Bill Howell
Marion County District Attorney's Office
3030 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
FAX (503) 588-3564

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