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Kitten Buried Alive in Cement

Kitten Buried Alive in Cement

From Colorado City, Arizona comes a case of animal abuse that will break your heart.  A four-month-old kitten was found stuffed into a pipe up to his neck in wet cement, but not until he had been there approximately 18 hours.  The cries were so pitiful the video is difficult to watch.

Andrew Chatwin was helping his friend Isaac Wyler build a shade shelter for his horses at the end of May.  He set pipes in cement in the ground and left them overnight to harden.  When he returned May 31, he heard the plaintive cries of a kitten coming from one of the pipes.

Chatwin and Wyler set about to rescue the kitten they eventually named Thomas.  It took many more hours to cut the pipe, dig out the footing, remove the pipe off the hardened cement and gently chip away at the cold prison the kitty had been so cruelly forced into.

Thomas suffered severe injuries from his ordeal — including cement in his eyes — and was eventually euthanized several days after being brought to Best Friends Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. It isn’t difficult to imagine Thomas’ suffering when you see the photo of him struggling in his cement prison with only his head and one paw free to move.  When local authorities wouldn’t investigate the cruelty, the rescue attempt was uploaded to YouTube on July 1.

Chatwin claims this is not the first animal abuse case he and Wyler have seen in Colorado City.  They attribute it to Warren Jeffs, a convicted felon and head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who is currently in prison serving a life sentence plus 20 years for sexual assault on two underage girls he “married.”  Chatwin left the church 13 years ago, Wyler 4 years ago.  Both say there have seen numerous dead animals thrown on their properties, which they attribute to followers of Jeffs and FLDS.

Chatwin described the initial reaction by local authorities to his animal cruelty report during a Right This interview.  “[The city marshal] … kind of chuckled and laughed a little bit and then he said if it was up to him he’d just throw dirt over it [the cat].”  Chatwin also said he and Wyler believe this act of animal cruelty was a message sent to Isaac Wyler by the FLDS church.  He says he has documented more than a dozen dead animals found in Wyler’s horse corral and truck.  They believe because they are outspoken against polygamy, they have been targeted by FLDS members for this type of harassment.

A Care2 petition has been started urging the Colorado City sheriffs to “thoroughly and seriously investigate the case.”  Currently there are more than 12,000 signatures.  Please consider adding your name to it.

Best Friends is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of this heinous crime.  If anyone has such information please contact Mohave (Arizona) County Sheriff’s Office at 800-526-1911.

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5:35PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

I truly wish,this asshole will be found! That is more than just cruel,this is sick!-and this sick bastard will do things like this again and again!If he's not found and punished real hard! FIND HIM!
If he wanted to get rid of the kitten,there would be many easy way,but he wanted to torture and was ready to use some time and effort for that!-and THAT is what makes him dangerous! His next victim could be a child! Find the bastard!

10:43AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Thank you

2:31PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

It does break our heart, it almost rips it out. Last Year we were having our car serviced and we had one of our rescued dogs with us, he is nervous and I took him away from the garage for a walk. My Boy started howling under a bridge and clawing at a wall he was frantic, Benny kept on scratting at a brick and barking, I removed the cement and found a two to three week old kitten entombed in the wall. The place where Benny and I were walking was remote and if not for my boy, the babe would have died an horrific death, the temperature was 33 degrees, the middle of the Spanish summer. The baby survived after intensive care and 48 hours on a drip. These people should be imprisoned for Life, Nothing Less. Thank Goodness there are people who care and begin a Petition to attempt to Right the Wrongs. So sorry for the kitten - hope the baby is in a really good place.

3:21PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

The people responsible for this need to be buried alive in cement so they can feel what the kitten went through!

8:54AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Sounds like this is a town that was reported on once before where the law in town is, of course, members of the FDLS and loyal to the child molester in prison. They shouldn't resign, they SHOULD BE REMOVED. That many animals coming up dead on members of the church who withdrew, that's a no brainer! Any law enforcement officer worth their salt could solve that one! That is sick and twisted, but with their leader Jeffs abusing young girls cruelty to animals would be insignificant to his loyal clan.

5:23PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

HORRIFIC, SAD, SHOCKED. If found, Just shoot him in the knee's. You Evil spineless PSYCHO. Thank-you for sharing. T.R

2:10PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

These sort of people do not deserve to live on this earth. Will they never learn .Such cruelty is abhorrent. I hope that they receive what they deserve. I cannot say more ,I am too sickened.

1:29AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

thank you

1:08PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Fill a motorcycle helmet full of cement, close the visor and place on the head(s) of the c***(s) who did this.

2:23PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

"Closed Petition" is what I found, Sorry!! Hope they catch the culprits, & the Law ought to RESIGN!!!!

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