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20 Cats Found Tortured, Burned and Murdered

20 Cats Found Tortured, Burned and Murdered

Warning: this is the most sickening story of cruelty to animals that I have ever written about.

Last Friday, police in Santa Fe, Texas raided a house with the intention of finding drugs. They succeeded: during the search of the home of 39-year-old Brain Cheek and his 38-year-old wife Veronica Springer, investigators found roughly nine grams of crystal methamphetamine, a scale for measuring the drugs, packaging materials for sales and a stolen all-terrain vehicle (ATV) valued at $14,000.

That wasn’t all they found.

From WebProNews:

Unfortunately, as the search went on, investigators later found a grueling and morbid discovery: 20 dead cats, ranging from kittens to fully grown mature cats. Police stated that the dead cats had all appeared to undergo various forms of torture before their demise.

Investigators stated that there was evidence of blunt force trauma, disemboweling, strangulation, and burning as well as evidence of cats being burned. One of the murdered felines was found in a box in the bed of Cheek’s truck.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty investigators picked up the remains of many of the cats which will be later examined by necropsy, thus finding out the actual causes of the cats’ death.

So far, Cheek has been charged with the first-degree felony of manufacturing and delivering controlled substances, and is being held on a $300,000 bond, while Springer has been charged with possession of controlled substances and her bond set at $20,000.

As the investigation continues, felony charges related to animal cruelty are expected to be imposed on the couple who committed such heinous acts.

Of course, animal cruelty charges must be brought against these disgusting human beings.

Earlier this year, I wrote about a deadly dog camp in Sky City, a remote area of southern California, about 20 miles from Palm Springs.  The “dog killing fields” belonged to a woman living in a makeshift hut under a tarp, with no running water and no electricity. She was arrested, and the camp eventually shut down, but it’s likely that several hundred dogs died during the 17 years she ran her camp.

You don’t have to look far to find horrifying stories of animal abuse.

Last month Heaven, a pit bull puppy, was brought to Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey; she was emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from skin infections and burns from laying in her own urine, and unable to stand. She had been kept tethered to a pole in a basement, with no food or water.

In this case, the 19-year-old owner of the ironically-named Heaven was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to two criminal charges: failure to provide sustenance and veterinary care for Heaven. In addition, he will be placed on probation for two years and perform 30 hours community service.

Why do people treat animals so disgustingly?

Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animal abuse. There is a mounting body of evidence about the link between such acts and serious crimes such as illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking, gambling, spousal and child abuse, rape and homicide.

But recognizing the links between animal abuse and people abuse does not solve the problem of cruelty to animals, although thankfully 47 states now have felony provisions for animal cruelty. (Those without are Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.)

What Brian Cheek and Veronica Springer did to those cats was sickening. If you believe that Cheek and Springer should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their heinous acts of cruelty, please sign our petition demanding the maximum penalty for these horrific animal abusers.

 

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11:53PM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Demoniac Spine !!! Close them in prison for many years and give them to eat only vegan diet !!!

4:21AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Certaines personnes sont vraiment dérangées.

11:24AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

burn sadist

12:36PM PDT on May 5, 2014

seriously...WHAT goes through one's mind as they do something as atrocious as this??!! How can they look into eyes as these beautiful creatures and still live with themselves, look themselves in the mirror every morning, look their peers and loved ones in the face every day, continue with their lives as if NOTHING extraordinary has happened!!?? How can they sleep night after after night and not have nightmares??!! Not hear the tortured screams and screeches of these poor babies??!! And how can I read something such as this and still believe in God? I hope that someone finds out who this piece of shit is BEFORE the police do and deliver some street justice...an eye for an eye...20 times over!!! I usually am not a violent person, but when a pet, an animal, a child or an elderly or disabled person is abused in ANY way, yet carelssy and CASUALLY murdered, that crosses a line with me in which there is no return!!

12:25PM PDT on May 5, 2014

FKRS ! ! !

3:23PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

This sick murderer should be burned alive to get justice for the evil acts he committed to the cats. Only apply the same pain to the evil doer can understand what "pain" is!!! It would be too easy to put him behind bars as our tax money should be helping the weak and voiceless or proverty, not on the unwanted scum only to cause more trouble to the society. There's no space for psycho in prison due to thousands of killers of all sort, psychos should be in asylum. This is a sick and wicked world and I don't know why people don't have control on human birth but only on animals?! More humans, more trouble!!!!!!!!!

6:01PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

no person who mistreats animals can say they are, in any way, good. :/

4:16PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

monsters...they walk among us and are legion....the only way to stop this is punishment MOST severe!!!!

2:51AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Signed.

7:18PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

No Mercy for these creeps ,sick crazy scum
Of the earth,,,punishment to the extent of the
Law,,life in prison,,,even that's not good enough.,for the murder of those cats,,,,

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