A Wilkes-Barre area dog groomer has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy for piercing the ears and necks of stray kittens and trying to sell them for hundreds of dollars on the Internet as "Goth" accessories.
Pet groomer Holly Crawford told the Associated Press she didn't think she was doing anything wrong, saying she didn't see any difference between piercing a cat and piercing a human.
“When I did it, it wasn’t with any cruel intentions,” said Crawford. “They were definitely loved, well fed, no fleas, clipped nails. And they were happy.”
Animal welfare advocates called the piercing "barbaric."“There’s no excuse for inflicting such pain on an animal that’s the size of your palm.” said Daphna Nachminovitch, a vice president with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Crawford was charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, three summary counts of cruelty, and three counts of conspiracy. Crawford plans to plead innocent.