As reported in The Daily Dot, a young man named Walter Easley from South Carolina recently uploaded a video of himself at the website Vine, brutally kicking an innocent kitten off his front porch on July 28, 2013. The poor kitten can be seen flying across the yard. It was clearly a brutal and very hard kick, estimated to have been 20 to 25 feet. Now a petition is circulating, asking that this heartless person be brought to justice.
The 17-year-old Easley from Cordova, SC was arrested on Monday. That same day, Boots was removed from that property, along with four dogs and another cat from the same home, and taken to the Orangeburg County Animal Control (OCAC) center for care. Easley was charged with the misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. He was later released on a $500 personal recognizance bond on Tuesday, and will have a court date on September 12, 2013. At that time he faces up to 60 days in jail.
It will be up to the judge hearing the case whether or not Boots and the other animals will be returned to the home. It is hoped that this will never happen, and all animals are placed up for adoption into loving homes, where they will never be at risk for harm in the future.
Easley had also tweeted the video of him kicking the kitten, and apparently immediately regretted it when the animal advocacy community was outraged, and began to lash out at him in social media. He tried to delete the posts, but by the time it was deleted, it had already gone viral, and copies were in the hands of numerous advocates.
The petition was drawn up seeking justice for Boots, who had done nothing more than make the mistake of walking in front of Easley on that front porch. The video, which is very short, is both profanity-laden and very disturbing, and readers are warned to view it with caution.
Boots is said to be doing relatively well at the facility, but they are keeping an eye on some symptoms that might indicate an injury from the kicking incident. She appears to be cautious, but curious, and in a video posted by OCAC, she is purring and enjoying all of the love and attention being lavished on her. She is expected to be just fine.
Please consider adding your voice to this petition. The callous nature of this act of cruelty should not go unpunished, and Easley should face the maximum possible penalties allowed by law for this crime, and never allowed to have animals in his home again. You can access the Care2 petition here, or at the link provided at the end of the article.
It is also suggested, in following the lead of representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to send letters to the First Circuit Solicitor, David M. Pascoe, asking that he prosecute Easley to the fullest extent allowed by law. The contact information for Solicitor Pascoe is:
David M. Pascoe
First Circuit Solicitor
Courthouse, Amelia Street
P.O. Box 1525
Orangeburg, SC 29116
Telephone: (803) 533-6252
This type of callous and heartless cruelty, inflicted for no other reason than for the amusement of cruel humans, must not be allowed to continue. Acts such as this need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent, in an effort to deter others from committing such horrible crimes in the future against helpless and innocent animals.
Please be a voice for Boots, and help this innocent kitten get the justice she so deserves.
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