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.”
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