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Dexter The Abused Kitten Dies From Medical Complications

Dexter The Abused Kitten Dies From Medical Complications

 

There is sad news to report about Dexter, the kitten that survived a vicious beating with a baseball bat at a Florida park in June. The sixteen week old kitten was euthanized Monday following a series of uncontrollable seizures.

Last month it was reported that Dexter was well enough to leave the PetLuv clinic where he was being treated for severe head trauma and be adopted by vet-tech Tiffany Sroka. The tech had fostered Dexter in her home every evening during his recovery and brought him back for care at the clinic each morning.

Sroka also diligently kept Dexter’s 3,000 Facebook fans informed about his progress with updates and videos.

Cathy Fitzgerald, manager of PetLuv, told Tampa Bay Online that Dexter’s recovery has been an “emotional rollercoaster” for her and the other staff members who watched the little kitten start to get well and then take a turn for the worst.

Last weekend Sroka noticed the seizures that Dexter had been having since his attack were becoming more frequent and severe, so she brought him to the clinic.

The kitten and his sibling were allegedly beaten with an aluminum baseball bat and doused with water by Wilana Joenel Frazier and her two young sons (5 and 8). Frazier was reportedly angry with her children for playing with the stray kittens because she thought they might carry a disease.

Dexter’s littermate died at the scene, but Dexter was rescued by one of four boys who witnessed the abuse at a neighborhood park.

Veterinarians tried to control Dexter’s seizures with various medications during the weekend, but by Monday they realized the humane course of action would be to euthanize the kitten.

“You could tell he was in pain. He was so scared,” Fitzgerald told Tampa Bay.com. “I’m heartbroken.”

“This is all very new and it’s still hard to talk about,” Fitzgerald said. “At the same time, Dexter touched more than 3,000 people’s hearts and brought attention to the topic of animal cruelty.”

Frazier was charged in June with animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her next court date is September 2.

Sroka wrote a final installment on Dexter’s Facebook page. “Dexter helped to show me strength and love despite what life may throw at you. If one person is changed by this or helped by this then it was all worth it. I would like to leave everyone with a sense of the love that we shared as a family and one that I would never forget.”

Take ActionPlease sign Dexter’s petition below to see that justice is served to his abuser.

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4:02PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Petition signed. Can't stop crying - this poor sweet baby did nothing to deserve such brutality. I wish she could be locked up for the rest of her life.

3:55AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

That horrible person should be tortured slowly to death. She doesn't deserve to live.

5:17AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Horrible lowest of the low humans should be skinned alive and hung up to rot somewhere.

5:55PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

IT'S ALSO THE ONLY TIME I BELIEVE IN ABORTION. AFTER YOU HAVE GROWN TO KNOW BETTER AND STILL DO THIS CRAP, THEN YOU SHOULD BE ABORTED!

5:52PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THIS POS OF A MOTHER AND HER SPAWNS OF SATAN MEET THE EXACT SAME FATE, LIVING THE REST OF THEIR LIVES WITH MASSIVE BRAIN DAMAGE AND SEIZURES UNTIL THEY CROAK!

2:16PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

This is so tragic.

11:46PM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

This is so sad. I lost one of my foster ferrets as a result of the abuse she suffered. I cared for her special needs intensively for nine months and she seemed to be doing better, like Dexter, only to take a turn for the worse. Losing her broke my heart - in the months I'd carried her around the house with me, fed and cleaned and "pottied" her, I'd become very attached! Matilda was a beautiful little soul, loving even when she hated her therapy, feisty even when she could barely move.

4:41PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

The only good that could ever come of this is possible strengthening of animal cruelty laws. (Then again, cruelty abounds & the laws still lag far behind....)

4:20PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

HOW DISGUSTING AND CRUEL. PEOPLE LIKE THAT ARE INSANE, THEY DESERVE THE WORST PUNISHMENT THAT CAN BE GIVEN, THESE PEOPLE KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG.. AND TO TEACH YOUR KIDS HOW TO DO THAT TO ANIMALS. CHILDREN LEARN FROM THEIR PARENTS. THINGS LIKE THIS JUST BREAKS MY HEART. PEOPLE PICKING ON POOR DEFENSELESS ANIMALS AND CAUSING THEM TO SUFFER LIKE THAT. I WOULD SHOOT THEM ALL .

8:55PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

The saddest thing in this whole world is the exceptional stupidity, and ignorance of so many people out there. The fact that so many acts of abuse toward animals come from such enormous weakness in some people and the inability to control their emotional out bursts. If someone can not, or will not, control their knee jerk, emotional reactions, they should suffer the consequences, in kind. If you act like a sadistic moron, be treated like one. I long for the old "eye for an eye", ideology sometimes!

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