Update: Kittens Beaten By Woman And Her Kids

UPDATE: Many readers have asked how they can help Dexter get justice from his abusers.

A petition has been drafted by People Against Cruelty asking the Hernando County State Attorney to “take maximum prosecution under the Florida Statute Code in the Case involving felony animal abuse charges of the accused, Wilana Joenel Frazier, and her two children.”

Click Here to sign the petition.

Dexter is continuing to improve from his injuries.  The family of the little boy who saved him and wrapped him in a T-shirt hopes to adopt the kitten.


At 8 weeks old, a small black and white kitten named Dexter is lucky to be alive after his owner and her two young sons took him to a neighborhood park and beat him and another kitten with an aluminum bat.  Dexter is clinging to life, but his brother died as a result of his injuries.

Four children at a park in Brooksville, Florida watched in horror last Friday evening when they saw 24-year-old Wilana Joenel Frazier and her two sons –one 8 years old and the other 5 — torture the two small kittens.

Frazier hit the kittens with a baseball bat and encouraged her children to kick the animals and throw them against a tree.   Then they placed the kittens on a swing.  When one of the animals died, the boys put him in a trash can and covered him with water.

By the time Linda Christian, a Hernando County Animal Services officer, arrived on the scene little Dexter had been rescued and wrapped in a white T-shirt by one of the boys who witnessed the event.  Blood was running from the kitten’s nose and mouth.  Soon he began to have seizures from the trauma to his brain.

When Christian touched the kitten, he began to convulse.  Christian told the St. Petersburg Times, “I thought I was going to lose him at that point.  It was very upsetting.”

Christian rushed Dexter to the Pet Luv Nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic and miraculously the small ball of fur has survived the first few critical days.  Employees at the clinic care for him during the day and a veterinary technician has been taking him home each night.

Dexter is able to keep his medication down, is eating from a feeding tube and has started to walk a little on his own.  But veterinarians are still very concerned about potential damage to Dexter’s brain and are not sure if he will ultimately succumb to his injuries.

Rick Silvani, president of Pet Luv said,All animals have a right to life, but a helpless, defenseless kitten… You don’t know what to say.  It’s just incomprehensible.”  The group has agreed to cover the costs of Dexter’s medical care.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office questioned Frazier, but she denied being involved and said her children were not part of the beating either.  However authorities charged Frazier on two counts of cruelty to animals and two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  She is out of jail on $3,500 bail.

Patrick Page, supervisor with the Animal Services told WTSP.com,The issue of unwanted kittens is huge due in part to the economy.”

Photo credit: Patrick Pace Hernando Animal Services

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Nicola Foster
Nicola Foster8 hours ago

These animal abusers simply do not get enough jail time!

Mari 's
Mari 's16 hours ago

This is horrible!! It's too bad no one got some pics or even video using their cell phones to give to the police. Petition Signed

Lisa J.
Lisa J.3 days ago

The day I think my house was cleared of the URI's, she died. but the vet still wouldn't have let me take her- she was using it against me- on some sick powertrip. it was beyond devastating. they couldn't even give the reason as to why she died. they didn't properly treat her. i still can't get over it. I then wanted her siblings- b/c of what I went thru and how much i loved them. Then began another ordeal to 'get the siblings.' they continued their sick powertrip messing with my head--I had to go there twice a week and take my relative to ensure the cats were mine. with great pursuit i finally got the siblings but it wasn't easy. the clinic was very negligent with the other kitten- and they used my desire toadopt the kittens as a means to keep me worried, rushing there constantly, not even assuring me the cats were mine. There are sick people everywhere..

Charlotte Røjgaard

What is wrong with people? Not all people, not most people, but many, which is more than bad enough!
This woman should not be allowed to have custody of the boys - ever again!
The boys, who helped the kitten, however, should be encouraged and rewarded appropriately.

Sandra Penna
Sandra Penna3 days ago

Petition closed. Update on June 15, 2011. Are you kidding, right?

Ahmed R.
Ahmed R.6 days ago

Unbelievable! How can people be so heartless!

Ei R.
Ei R.6 days ago

Too much of the cruelty goes on.
Poor little kitties.

Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown7 days ago

If I had seen that I'd be in jail for beating two kids and a mom to death with a aluminum bat...cys should take her kids and get them mental help and throw her in a jail cell with people ready to hand her rear to her...so help me...

Lawren R.
Lawren R.7 days ago

This is so sick and twisted. That woman and her sons will burn in hell and somebody should do to them what they did to these poor babies. So sad that animals lives mean so little in the judicial system. They are killers!!! Life in prison, death penalty....Hello!!!!!


Sa d end very awful !