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2 Teens Charged With Animal Cruelty In Burned Cat Case

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A young cat was doused with fuel and set on fire.  Derek Valcourt reports officers say two teenagers have been arrested for the crime.

Both are 17 and are being charged as juveniles.

It will take months for Mittens the cat to heal from the wounds she received on Jan. 8.  Her injuries are tough to look at. She has third- and fourth-degree burns on her back and side, as well as severe trauma to her ears.

“She was intentionally set on fire, doused with lighter fluid, thrown in a milk crate and then a match was thrown on her,” said Mary Helfrich, BARCS.

It happened in the 3300-block of Saint Ambrose Avenue in West Baltimore, where the abandoned cat was taken in by a woman who lives with her grandchildren.  She heard the cat screaming in pain and called police, who arrested her 17-year-old grandson and his 17-year-old friend.

The woman did not want to go on camera, but says she blames a friend of her grandson, who was visiting that day.  She says he’s in home detention and her grandson is getting some mental help.

“We often know that these animal cruelty cases are often an indicator of future violent criminal activity,” said Kevin Brown, Baltimore City Police.

Police reports indicate Mittens was able to escape the milk crate and extinguish the flames herself.

“She’s a little worse for wear.  Her ears will probably fall off and she will heal.  If you note, she is growing some hair back here, but her medication is taking care of her.  It’s long-term,” Helfrich said.

The good prognosis means Mittens can continue to care for her kittens.

Each of the two teenagers has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.  Because they have been charged as juveniles, their names are not being released.

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  1. LH says:

    for G-d’s sake, charge them as adults – they are 17 after all!!! They are not “children” any more

    1. P. Secor says:

      iI totally agree!! There is NO excuse for charging them as juveniles…. not at 17 years of age! They know what they did, and deserve to pay for their actions. But, this is Baltimore after all… there is No accountability in this city.

    2. Dawn Brienza says:

      Stories like this break my heart. People t(if you can call them that) that do things like this to animals deserve to rot in jail until they die, from there, they deserve to rot in HELL.

    3. SS says:

      They should be tried as adults what is with this place how many more animals need to suffer at the hands of these young, well they don’t even deserve to be called human!!!!!!!!

    4. Michelle Adolphson-Sullivan says:

      I absolutely agree!! They knew what they were doing and research has proven that cruelty to animals is an indicator that they most likely will move on to humans in the future. This was a practice run. Their parents should feel ashamed that they raised such garbage.

    5. Lissa says:

      http://www.change.org Sign a petition to have these “boys” charged as adults!The petition is under animals/popular petitions!

  2. Cakerat says:

    What weak and cowardly excuses for humans.

  3. Kimba says:

    Perhaps later in life, they too will find themselves on fire, fearful, and barely able to escape. One hopes. What kuhnts.

  4. Carol says:

    This is totally unreasonable to charge them as juveniles. They aren’t children. If they can do something this horrible, who knows what they will do next? They need to be put away for a while. Maybe they will learn a lesson. If they get by with this maybe they will do something to a person. This unreal

  5. Heather Jacobs says:

    set them on fire!. see how they like it. dont do what you wouldnt want done back..

  6. Deiter says:

    Can anyone say serial killers, or perhaps arsonists? I look forward to buying them warm meals and comfortable accomodations in the state pen with my taxpaayer dollars. Say hello to Bubba fellas…oh and by the way he loves kittens!

  7. kass says:

    bet you if they had hurt a human they would have been charged as adults…. i’m going to look up the barcs shelter and run some kitten food, etc. up for mama and babies this week.

  8. dionisiah says:

    why people

  9. RUTH says:

    THOSE TWO TEENAGER’S SHOULD BE CHARGED AS ADULTS, AND SERVE SOME PRISON TIME FOR THEIR VICIOUS DEED. HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF SOMEONE SET THEM ON FIRE

  10. winnie says:

    “she blames a friend of her grandson, who was visiting that day. She says he’s in home detention and her grandson is getting some mental help” There you go grandma, blame the other kid.. Yo grandson didn’t do nothing wrong.. what a joke. At least she did have enough sense to call police instead of just letting it go. I agree with everyone above… tie their hands and feet, put them in milk crates and pour lighter fluid on them and set them on fire. See how they like it.

  11. duke says:

    I agree with Heather—LIGHT THEM UP

  12. Jasmine says:

    Does anybody know what is going to happen to her kittens? I want one…

  13. Don Lanard says:

    Id just kill um’!!! their sooooo stupid!!! also lock em’ up

  14. LMC says:

    This is the second instance of animal mutilation in recent weeks. How long will it take our courts to met out an appropriate punishment to these two before they remember the next time will cost them PLENTY !

  15. ann says:

    there goes grandma blaming some one else.take responsibility for your grandsons actions.some one who hurts animals are capable of hurting people .god bless poor mittens and her kittens.that grandson should be charged as an adult better yet put in a crate and set on fire to suffer like poor mittens. the stupid fool

  16. Linda says:

    Please, any other crime they would have been charged as adults. They will probably grow up to be murders. Anyone who is cruel to animals should be given life without parole. Just my opinion.

  17. John says:

    SICK! SICK! PEOPLE! Let them work their time with the Baltimore Zoo in the big cat cage cleaning it

  18. ANIMAL LOVER says:

    i F THE NUT WAS ON HOME DETENTION WHY WAS HE OUT? WHEN IS THE TIME TO PROTECT THE LAWFUL PUBLIC? WHEN IS THE TIME TO PROTECT THESE HELPLESS ANIMALS FROM THESE UNEDUCATED DIRTBALLS? LIGHT THOSE —UP !!! AT LEAST CUT OFF HANDS THEN SEE WHAT THEY LIGHT

  19. Dixie says:

    At the Zoo with the big cats and make sure the cats are very hungry!!!

  20. Owings Mills says:

    These 2 “kids” should have to pay for Mittens vet bills. Better yet, they should have to do community service at the shelter to work off the debt.

    1. willie joe wanker says:

      yeah sure, how are they going to pay? by stealing & breaking into parking meters. How are going to get to & from the animal shelter” I say tie them in a public square setting & hang a sign around their necks saying “Animal abusers”

    2. Lily Whalen says:

      Agree!!!! But not too take care of animals too clean up after them! ect.

    3. Holly says:

      There should be no question they should have to pay the medical bills. Even if it follows them years and into ‘adults’, they should be made to pay all medical bills.

  21. What? says:

    Ok, Grandma. It was the other kid who made your grandson do it. Is that going to be your excuse when he kills someone? BTW Granny, there ain’t no amount of “mental” help going to fix your grandson if he enjoys lighting cats on fire.

  22. Kelly G. says:

    I wonder if they tried to burn a child would they have been tried as juveniles?!!!

  23. Jeffrey Carter says:

    This is a revolting story, everytime I see the pictures it makes my stomach turn. I simply cannot believe that these young MEN, and I say that because I am 17 as well, could do this. How does the BCPD not charge these MEN as adults, they obviously know better. How could they do this to an innocent animal? Would they want to be set on fire and put into a box as well?

  24. Sandra Kendall says:

    This continues in the city and the persons caught only get their fingers smacked this is a terrible, terrible thing to do to animals, and people caught abusing animals should go to jail for three years.

  25. SS says:

    They shoud be tried as adults…..What is with this place? How many more animals need to suffer at the hands of these teenagers? What is wrong with them?

  26. Daisha says:

    I am so sick of these animal abusers these animals are not toys you do not just sit up there and do anything to them they have feelings all they want is love and respect. If you can not give them that then leave them alone!

  27. Jim says:

    I am getting so sick of this. It is getting harder and harder to read this without responding with violence. Honestly, I hope these little punks get what [should be] coming to them…

    (I am grateful that someone actually turned them in – that gives me a little faith).

  28. Sylvia says:

    I can’t even watch the news about Mittens,I have to turn my head. Looking at her picture breaks my heart. Something has to be done here in “Charm” city. Now that animal cruelty in Baltimore has made national news maybe something will be done to deter further animal abuse. I am still waiting to see what will happen to the Johnson brothers (set dog on fire in 2009) on Monday at the city courthouse. These “people” make me sick! Animals have more respect for life.
    Mittens I am praying for you☺

  29. C. Green says:

    Thiese two Monsters should be jailed,. They’re so cowardly and evil. SET THEM BOTH ON FIRE TOO, TO SEE HOW IT FEEL>

  30. AB says:

    Does anyone know if this kitty is going to be placed up for adoption or foster? Stories like these break my heart, and Mittens will need a good, safe, loving home so that she can heal and bring up her babies. If anyone has any information on the kitty, that would be awesome to know.

    1. urnotfunny says:

      All you have to do is contact BARC.

  31. Chrissy Mad Anderson says:

    Just like 99% of this country, blaming other people for what someone else has done. Yeah, because her grandson probably was held at knife/gun point to set that poor cat on fire? Lady, time to grow up and be an adult. Your precious baby is a psychotic, manipulative brat. If he’s that easily swayed to do something atrocious, he should just be locked up on a deserted island, far, far away (to save us tax payers money.)

    Here’s to hoping one day someone sets these two on fire. Cheers.

  32. Tina says:

    I feel at age 17 they know right from wrong and sould be charged as adults. The laws here in Maryland need to be change for animal abuse. A long time in jail and then a lot of community service cleaning up after animals in a shelter.
    I do not understand how some one could do harm to any animal, just think if they can harm an animal what could they do to a human.

  33. BRIAN MCLAUD says:

    I do not think we should put up with that. ADULT CHARGES MUST BE FILED. I DO NOT THINK BALTIMORE SHOULD EXCEPT THIS. KID CHARGES FOR THAT MAKES ME THINK THE ARRESTING OFFICER OR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT CARE FOR ANIMALS. THEY HAVE NOT REALLY DONE ANYTHING TO MAKE THIS CRIME AFFORD A BIGGER PUNISHMENT. BIG EXAMPLE CHARGING TWO SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD MALES AS JUVENILES.FOR TORCHERING WITH THE INTENT TO KILL A DEFENCELESS ANIMAL.I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE ARRESTING OFFICER IS REALLY LIKE.

  34. Lissa says:

    http://www.change.org has petition started to have these “boys” charged as adults.Please go sign!The petition is under animals and then search popular petitions.There is no excuse for this behavior.

  35. Rayna says:

    ppl shut your trap….everytime you redneck/trailer park children kills his/her whole family now they all of a sudden plead “mental” BS….I dont condone this at all….and yes they should be charged but geez let it go….they know right from wrong…its not granny’s fault they are young adults……….

  36. dont rush 2 judge says:

    dont be so anxious to convict these guys;we havent herd all the evidence yet; remember 2 sides to every story .keep in mind some police do actually lie.

  37. Gina says:

    Why are these boys names and photos not being released like the Johnson brothers? Because they are obviously white.

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