Update on Dexter, Kitten Beaten By Mother And Kids


Many concerned readers have asked for an update on the condition of Dexter, the kitten beaten at a Florida park by a woman and her two children.  While the small black and white kitten still needs constant care, he is making small strides towards recovery every day.

At 8 weeks old, Dexter and his sibling were allegedly beaten with an aluminum baseball bat at a park in Brooksville, Florida by 24-year-old Wilana Joenel Frazier and her 8 and 5 year-old sons.  The abuse took place in front of four children at the park.

One of the kittens died of its injuries, but Dexter was saved by one of the children who witnessed the beating. The boy wrapped the kitten in a T-shirt and carried him home.

Dexter suffered trauma to his brain and was bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was taken to PetLuv Nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic by Hernando County Animal Services and continues to be in their care.

Since Dexter’s rescue more of the details about the case have come to light. At first it was believed the kittens were brought to the park by Frazier, but Animal Services now thinks they were strays that happened to walk by the family.

Liana Teague, Code and Animal Service Manager for Animal Services reported that her agency set out humane traps to determine if there were more kittens from the litter at the park and to find Dexter’s mother. However at this time, no cats have been captured in the traps.

Teague also addressed the condition of the kitten. “Dexter is more responsive, but he still needs continuous care and 24-hour monitoring,” said Teague. “He suffered severe head trauma.”

When Dexter arrived at the PetLuv Clinic he was in critical care and developed a fever.  He didn’t move around much and had to be force fed. But day by day his caregivers saw small improvements in his condition. After two days at the clinic his fever subsided, he began to move a little and eat on his own.

Each day PetLuv gives an update about Dexter on Facebook. The clinic is amazed at the outpouring of support Dexter has received.

Here are the two latest updates:

Very happy to share the following update: He continues to eat on his own and after he makes a mess of himself by stepping in the food he is grooming his paws!! Over the weekend he started using the litterbox too!!! Now, here is the most exciting update…. he is very happy when following a little laser light toy! Yup, signs indicate that the little man can see it (or maybe shadows of it) when it’s very close…. yay!!!! Again, can’t stress enough that he has a long way to go BUT for now, he is progressing. Hope your Monday is going well, best wishes to all and keep all those paws crossed for our little furry fighter!!

Dexter continues to do well. No real changes to report… but no setbacks either – Yay!!! Will try and get more pictures over the next couple of days (maybe even a little video if we can get him to play!!) Many folks have made donations both calling the clinic and via our website… Thank you one and all, can’t say it enough… the support is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

There have been requests to visit the little guy; unfortunately that is not a possibility. He is still a critical care patient and we must take all precautions to keep him progressing.

From all of us at PetLuv and on behalf of little Dexter…. THANK YOU!!!

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Photo: Hernando County Animal Services


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Dawn D.
Dawn W.about a year ago

Terrible state of affairs. What sort of woman, mother would not teach her off spring kindness towards all living beings including each other? If this is what they do to kittens what are they going to do to humans later on. A just long punishment is required and none of them ever allowed to own an animal for their whole life. Animal wouldn't be safe. Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and is absolutely heartbreaking. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. And to carry out such terrible abuse means the best part of the soul and essence has long gone.

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Mary Cromley
.about a year ago

This is not the latest update and it gives false hope. Poor, little, innocent Dexter died of his injuries.

Sydney M
Sydney M1 years ago

EVIL does exist in this world, and this woman is a prime example of that fact !!!! And what's up with a lousy twelve month sentence? That's all this MONSTER gets for MURDERING a helpless kitten and beating the crap out of the kitten's siblings? What the HELL is wrong with our justice system?! This so-called mother should never again see the light of day. Murder is Murder and this helpless animal was MURDERED !!!!! As for her kids, they desperately need to be rehabilitated and should never again have to live with this stupid, evil mother. I would love to have 5 minutes alone with this SICK, TWISTED, EVIL WOMAN ..... and I wouldn't even need a baseball bat !!!!!!!!


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Deborah W.
Deborah W.2 years ago

Thanks Caroline W. for pointing out "filler stories" when hot-button reporting might erupt in the deadening flow of life as we know it.

Caroline W.
Caroline Walcot2 years ago

What is the point of circulating a 2011 story with the word "update" that does NOT bring the story up to date to this year, which most observant people would agree is 2013!

Dexter died in or before 2012. The woman who beat him was tried and found guilty and sentenced to just 12 months in the county jail. Not sure if they even kept her in that long. Her two kids got away with zilch.

The PetLuv.org that gave Dexter vetinary care stilldoes plenty of good work will be running an Adoption Event on Sunday 28 April 2013.

So there's your update.

Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

Indeed what happened to the abusers? They should be jailed or severely punished. That stupid B***H shoud be beaten in the same way and her kids should be councelling before they turn into freaking serial killers.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

This is SO sad. What did they do to the abusers? They should be in prison.

Marina O.
Marina O.4 years ago

I am so sad!! ;(

Purrfect Storm
Sandy Schaefer4 years ago

This breaks my heart! I hope these a**holes are made to suffer somehow for what they did to poor little innocent Dexter!

Kathy K.
Kathy K.4 years ago

8/15/11 Dexter died today. He started having seizures (again) yesterday and they couldn't be controlled. They let him go this morning. This is just the saddest thing! It made me smile to go to Facebook and read about his progress. Now he's gone. Rest well, little boycat.