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Update: Kittens Beaten By Woman And Her Kids

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.”

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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.

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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.”


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Photo credit: Patrick Pace Hernando Animal Services

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10:01AM PDT on May 19, 2014

That woman is disgusting and I know her children are little but by that age you know what right and wrong is
They all need to be charged and the boys should have this on record in case they do this again it will be a documented pattern

10:01AM PDT on May 19, 2014

That woman is disgusting and I know her children are little but by that age you know what right and wrong is
They all need to be charged and the boys should have this on record in case they do this again it will be a documented pattern

3:59AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thank you

12:42PM PDT on May 16, 2014

This is very upsetting. The mother should be punished for this. How are her two kids supposed to know that this is a crime when their own mother encourages them?

6:45AM PDT on May 15, 2014

what values is the mother giving to her children?

1:45AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Signed.

4:50PM PDT on May 10, 2014

signed

12:45AM PDT on May 9, 2014

I pray the kids aren't beyond educating.

12:45AM PDT on May 9, 2014

pray the kids aren't beyond educating.

12:45AM PDT on May 9, 2014

pray the kids aren't beyond educating.

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