October 24, 2014
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania dog groomer has been
ordered to stand trial on animal cruelty charges for selling
"gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings.
Holly Crawford's home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided Dec. 17
after the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
got a tip.
A prosecutor says Crawford inflicted pain on the cats, which
were listed for sale for hundreds of dollars on the Internet.
Crawford's attorney says state law says nothing about piercing cats
or docking their tails.
At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Wilkes-Barre District Judge
Paul Hadzick called it a gray area that needs to be decided by a
trial judge or jury.
Charges against a second defendant, William Blansett, were
dropped after Crawford admitted she pierced the cats.