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Mo. Man Charged With Burning Kitten
Drudge | July 16 | AP

Posted on 07/16/2002 1:05:09 PM PDT by SLB

LIBERTY, Mo.- A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning a kitten on a barbecue grill as several other people stood around and watched in amusement.

A witness pulled the scorched, 7-week-old tabby from the hot coals, but it was severely injured and had to be put to death, police said.

"They kept saying, `Meow, meow,' and they were poking at it with a stick," said Sherry Scott, who burned her hand grabbing the kitten.

Charles C. Benoit, 24, was charged with animal abuse, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Jim Roberts, spokesman for the Clay County prosecutor's office, said he does not expect anyone else to be charged, because no witnesses could identify the others.

Scott said that on Friday night, she saw 10 or 12 people at the barbecue grill in the courtyard of the apartment complex where she lives. Scott said she asked what they were cooking, and they said it was a cat. She said the group taunted her, daring her to rescue the cat.

She said the group scattered when she threatened to call police. She said she pulled the kitten from where it had been shoved into the coals at the back of the grill. Its tail, whiskers, fur, eyes and throat were scorched.

"I called him Lucky because I thought I got him out of there just in time," she said.

Scott said she and other residents stayed up Friday night trying to nurse the kitten with an eye dropper of milk. But animal control officers decided that because of its respiratory injuries and inability to swallow food, it had to be destroyed.

"If you would have seen him, you would have cried," said Sheri Simpson, one of the residents who helped care for the kitten.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Missouri
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Maybe this guy would like me to hold his hand on the coals for maybe 15 ro 20 seconds.
1 posted on 07/16/2002 1:05:09 PM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB
Then it's my turn.
2 posted on 07/16/2002 1:06:34 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: SLB; Sabertooth; Sungirl
Nah, his balls and weiner. --agnes the cruel to cat abusers
3 posted on 07/16/2002 1:07:10 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SLB
Some people should be skinned alive.
4 posted on 07/16/2002 1:08:57 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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duplicate thread alert!
5 posted on 07/16/2002 1:09:16 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SLB
Wonder how this cretin is faring in the general population?

By the time he's gotten his comeuppance, he'll wished he'd made love to that cat.

6 posted on 07/16/2002 1:09:41 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: SLB
What kind of sauce did they use?
7 posted on 07/16/2002 1:12:22 PM PDT by bulldawg
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To: Black Agnes
duplicate thread alert!

What area was it posted to? I did a search before posting.

8 posted on 07/16/2002 1:12:33 PM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB
God forbid young people should be taught values in this day and age. When I hear of stories like this I think of all of this moral relativism p.c. crap that people are fed.
9 posted on 07/16/2002 1:15:03 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: bulldawg
That is tasteless, no pun intended. Even cat haters can't make light of something like this.
10 posted on 07/16/2002 1:15:44 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: SLB
Nah, I don't think you were the duplicate. I think the Admin Moderator(s) sorted it out tho. This kind of article makes me want to go home and hug my cats bigtime!
11 posted on 07/16/2002 1:17:54 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SLB
What a di*kless wonder.
12 posted on 07/16/2002 1:23:01 PM PDT by Freemyland
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To: SLB
"...she saw 10 or 12 people at the barbecue grill in the courtyard of the apartment complex... the group taunted her, daring her to rescue the cat..."

Takes guts to step into a idiot-infested crowd.

She'll have a hard time getting the mental image out of her mind.

God love her.

13 posted on 07/16/2002 1:24:21 PM PDT by ez2muz
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To: bulldawg
What kind of sauce did they use?

Congratulations on being the first of what I know will be many crude, tasteless, revolting, juvenille, asinine, etc. comments. And I personally can't stand cats, but I know where to draw the line.

14 posted on 07/16/2002 1:28:27 PM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: Black Agnes
I posted the duplicate and it was pulled. I didn't see this one before I posted.
15 posted on 07/16/2002 1:32:09 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: baseballfanjm
No problem...saw both of them & figured they'd take care of it. Sometimes search is wacky too.
16 posted on 07/16/2002 1:33:31 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes
We have a bunch of stray cats that have adopted us. We feed and care for them. Same with the dogs that get dropped off in our drive. Great to see and hear from all the animal lovers on FR, even with a subject as sordid as this.
17 posted on 07/16/2002 1:33:38 PM PDT by SLB
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To: Black Agnes
Nah, his balls and weiner.

Black Agnes, I completely agree! I've owned kitties all my life, and that mental image made me cry right here at work.

18 posted on 07/16/2002 1:34:39 PM PDT by Hobsonphile
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To: AppyPappy
It's amazing the kind of human garbage you can find. 5 years in prison won't do anything to him. He'll get out after a few months anyway, if he gets any time at all, and do something worse.
19 posted on 07/16/2002 1:35:24 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: SLB
These SICK SORRY %*#%*!%#^$$#!%@#$% should be given the same treatment!!!! If it were up to me, I'd take their %$^#$@%^ and barbeque it over an open flame, then pour Jack Daniels on it, followed by honey, and then turn the bees loose. Stupid, sick %#%&*@(! (^@#^&&!@*%!@#!^% !&*!#^%&!^#%!!*&%#^*!
20 posted on 07/16/2002 1:35:54 PM PDT by rintense
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To: SLB
Isn't that always the kind of cat you end up with? stray? :) All my babies are former strays and I love each and every one! (and boy are they spoiled!)

I just get almost physically ill when I hear of this kind of stuff. I can't imagine what kind of sub human would do this to a 7 week old kitten..makes you wonder if they'd do it to an infant as well.

21 posted on 07/16/2002 1:36:24 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Freemyland
What a di*kless wonder.

He would be after I got through with him.

RWP in full effect.

22 posted on 07/16/2002 1:36:47 PM PDT by rintense
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To: SLB
Legally speaking, I believe people have a right to do whatever they want with their own property (not established in this article), even live animals.

Personally, however, I hope somebody castrates this guy with a dull shovel.

23 posted on 07/16/2002 1:40:06 PM PDT by Sloth
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To: bulldawg
That is a disgusting, unfunny remark. Torturing a helpless animal like this is so repulsive - everyone knows burning is the worst thing that can happen to you. Nothing funny about it. I hope the guy and his friends rot.
24 posted on 07/16/2002 1:40:34 PM PDT by Aria
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To: SLB
said he does not expect anyone else to be charged, because no witnesses could identify the others.
If the DA jacks up the charges on Charles Benoit then I'm sure he'll suddenly remember who was there.
25 posted on 07/16/2002 1:40:41 PM PDT by lelio
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Think about it. If this person saw nothing wrong about burning a kitten, what will happen if he gets real mad at an actual human being.

A dangerous ndividual that needs to be locked away for awhile.
26 posted on 07/16/2002 1:41:04 PM PDT by catonsville
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To: SLB
Scott said that on Friday night, she saw 10 or 12 people at the barbecue grill in the courtyard of the apartment complex where she lives. Scott said she asked what they were cooking, and they said it was a cat. She said the group taunted her, daring her to rescue the cat.

Group?

GROUP?????

What's going on here?

I would be very interested to know the ethnic, religious, and racial composition of this "Group".

27 posted on 07/16/2002 1:44:47 PM PDT by fire_eye
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To: baseballfanjm
He'll get out after a few months anyway, if he gets any time at all, and do something worse.

Maybe, but he won't be able to sit for weeks.

I understand that child and animal abusers get passed around 'mongst the boys!

28 posted on 07/16/2002 1:44:57 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Sloth
I agree in principle, SLoth, but I was thinking more along the lines of a roofing hammer.

--IceWolf (who is owned by two cats)
29 posted on 07/16/2002 1:46:54 PM PDT by Ice Wolf
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To: SLB
Here's the Clay County, Missouri website, the prosecuting attorney's office is here.
Perhaps a little FReeping will persuade the DA to go heavy on this guy, or at least publically identify everyone involved so that they loose their jobs through disgrace.
30 posted on 07/16/2002 1:51:38 PM PDT by lelio
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To: fire_eye
Where is a nice shrapnel filled mortar round when you need it. Or maybe a white phosphorous one. Right in the middle of the group. See how they like their flesh burning. God will not be amused by this.
31 posted on 07/16/2002 1:55:20 PM PDT by yureikumaTN
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To: SLB
Charles C. Benoit, 24, was charged with animal abuse, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Good!

32 posted on 07/16/2002 1:55:43 PM PDT by biblewonk
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To: Ice Wolf
OK, I'll get one testis with a shovel & you can do the other with a roofing hammer. Whichever makes him scream more will be used on other body parts.
33 posted on 07/16/2002 1:56:44 PM PDT by Sloth
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To: SLB
We have a bunch of stray cats that have adopted us.

We, too, have a continuing series of cats appearing, to whom we extend food, water, and shelter.

I will volunteer the use of the shop and a large inventory of hand and power tools for the re-education of the perp.

My personal choice is my battery charger and a soothing footbath of brick and tile cleaner for conductivity.

34 posted on 07/16/2002 1:57:38 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: Black Agnes
No strays here, we have an Egyptian Mau cat and two huge dogs we got from the Humane Society, they are all spoiled rotten. The fact that they are spade/neutered prior to adoption is well worth the $35 cost of adoption and we are assured we have a healthy animal.

Nine years ago, the previous owner of our home in the country left 26 cats behind. We used a live animal trap, caught them, put them in a wire cage and took them to the humane society. Bad part was they got scared when we put them in the vehicle and pooped everywhere, it was disgusting!

I could never hurt an animal...hubby shoots squirrels because they have been stripping the bark off of his trees, which kills the branches. He has to do it when I am not there and not tell me about it.

35 posted on 07/16/2002 1:57:41 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: SLB
as several other people stood around and watched in amusement.

Anyone who could witness such a heinous act and find it amusing is every bit as sick as the perpetrator!
36 posted on 07/16/2002 1:57:47 PM PDT by scholar
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To: SLB
This should be a capital offense.
37 posted on 07/16/2002 1:58:29 PM PDT by NC_Libertarian
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To: Tabitha Soren
ping
38 posted on 07/16/2002 1:59:14 PM PDT by NC_Libertarian
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To: ravingnutter
Ditto re: squirrels. My parents even 'adopted' a skunk. Thing was eating cat food. Looked sorta cat like...now it's a fixture around there. Nobody does anything 'real quick like' when it's around though *laugh*
39 posted on 07/16/2002 2:00:52 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: rintense
These SICK SORRY %*#%*!%#^$$#!%@#$% should be given the same treatment!!!! If it were up to me, I'd take their %$^#$@%^ and barbeque it over an open flame, then pour Jack Daniels on it, followed by honey, and then turn the bees loose. Stupid, sick %#%&*@(! (^@#^&&!@*%!@#!^% !&*!#^%&!^#%!!*&%#^*!

I agree, but I think it's a waste of Jack Daniels. How about we use something cheap, like Albertson's brand generic whiskey? We DRINK the Jack Daniels while we watch the bees get turned loose on this scumbag.

There is a special place in hell reserved just for scumbags like these.

40 posted on 07/16/2002 2:01:20 PM PDT by RepoGirl
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"They kept saying, `Meow, meow,' and they were poking at it with a stick," said Sherry Scott, who burned her hand grabbing the kitten."

Sick bastards.
41 posted on 07/16/2002 2:01:37 PM PDT by Inge_CAV
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To: bulldawg
When I go to WhitePages.com and do a search for Charles C. Benoit in Missouri, I find nothing, but I do find a Susan Benoit and a Joe Benoit who also live in Liberty Missouri.

If I called these numbers would you answer?

42 posted on 07/16/2002 2:02:07 PM PDT by rface
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To: SLB
I'd like to put my siamese in a sack and tie it over this guy's head for 5 minutes.
43 posted on 07/16/2002 2:08:12 PM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: ez2muz
Takes guts to step into a idiot-infested crowd.

Yes it does. What a gulf there is between this brave, decent woman, and a waste of skin like Mr. Benoit.

44 posted on 07/16/2002 2:08:34 PM PDT by dighton
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To: ravingnutter
Nine years ago, the previous owner of our home in the country left 26 cats behind. We used a live animal trap, caught them, put them in a wire cage and took them to the humane society. Bad part was they got scared when we put them in the vehicle and pooped everywhere, it was disgusting!

I hope it was a no-kill shelter. Otherwise you might as well have shot them all. Dead is dead.

I hate to say it, but on reading this, the woman who rescued the cat should have taken it to a vet. The vet would have been able to tell her if it could have really been saved. The Humane Society will put cats to death suffering from nothing more than abcesses.

45 posted on 07/16/2002 2:08:51 PM PDT by Paid4This
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To: lelio
I just called there and was told the email address for the prosecuting attorney is: dnorris@claycogov.com
the number I called was 816-792-7711 - she said the address was somewhat of a guess but I'm going to try it anyway.
46 posted on 07/16/2002 2:08:57 PM PDT by Aria
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To: Inge_CAV
Yeah - I saw this... At least there was one person there who would do the right thing. I hope I never witness anything like this... I have a feeling my reaction could lead to jail time.

Then again, maybe not. Maybe the court would understand.
47 posted on 07/16/2002 2:10:57 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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...the woman who rescued the cat should have taken it to a vet. ...The Humane Society will put cats to death suffering from nothing more than abcesses.

True enough, she should have had it treated immediately, but the costs probably caused her to pause. I don't fault the humane society either. They have to do the best they can with limited resources, and sometimes they can't afford to spend all their resources on the sick and wounded, when healthy animals are put down because of overpopulation.

No more backyard litters of puppies and kittens is the answer. Leave breeding to the few... It is not cute to have litters for the fun of it when we are killing so many every day.

48 posted on 07/16/2002 2:18:14 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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You wouldn't be in Jail alone ........ : )
49 posted on 07/16/2002 2:19:09 PM PDT by Inge_CAV
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To: rintense
Maybe Bacardi 151 instead. I understand that JD is not ignitable, but 151, whooeee!
50 posted on 07/16/2002 2:19:40 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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