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Teen who set fire to cat must do community service

January 19th, 2003, 08:38 PM
Teen who set fire to cat must do community service

Kevin O'Connor

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

A teenage girl who set lit a cat on fire has been found guilty of animal cruelty and sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

After finding the 16-year-old Regina girl guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, Judge Leslie Halliday gave her a 10-month conditional discharge.

As a result, if the teen follows the conditions of her probation, she will not have a criminal record.

Halliday also banned the girl from possessing animals. She can't be named under provisions of the Young Offenders Act.

The girl was part of a group of young people who found the tabby in a cat trap on the 1400 block of Robinson Street last July 17.

Halliday said she accepted the Crown's case that the girl pushed papers into the cat trap and used her lighter to set the cat ablaze.

(The girl said it was another person who used her lighter.)

Another youth then sprayed lighter fluid inside the trap.

The cat suffered severe burns with the fur and skin around its face being badly singed.

The girl's co-accused, the 16-year-boy who used the lighter fluid, previously pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and was given an identical sentence on Nov. 21, 2002 -- 10 months of probation, a conditional discharge and 80 hours of community service.

Halliday said it was "a very unfortunate incident" the girl got involved in and she hopes she'll never again be in trouble with the law.

Jessi Rasmussen of the Regina Humane Society's animal protection branch said Tuesday's sentence closes the book on two cat-burning cases from last year that shocked the public.

In October, a 14-year-old boy was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for his part in a July incident where a kitten was set on fire.

Rasmussen said she was pleased the courts are taking cases of animal cruelty seriously and hopes others will be detered from committing such acts in future.

"Hopefully, this has taught all the young people out there that society will not tolerate this kind of treatment of animals," Rasmussen said.

The cat discussed in Tuesday's court proceedings -- named Trooper -- suffered permanent scarring and some vision loss.

"The good news is that he's in a wonderful home in a new environment," Rasmussen said.

Copyright 2003 The Leader-Post (Regina)

January 23rd, 2003, 09:34 PM
For those who don't know the story of Trooper I will tell you. Trooper was a stray cat that got caught in a cat trap and some teens found him and set him on fire. He was hurt pretty bad but is now doing okay. I adopted him. It was the best thing I have ever done. He is the best kitty in all the world. He is freindly and doesn't have a mean bone in his bone. He loves to play and race around the house. His favorite toy is a piece of string. He favorite pass time is sleeping on his back with his legs up in the air. He has 2 older brothers named Kleopatra and Booties and an older sisiter named Topenga. Trooper is know to go and "attack" them while they are sleeping. Trooper has the best personality and I cannot belive in my heart how anyone could have done such a mean a cruel thing to him. I was away in Ontario when he was set on fire and did not see any pictures of him until the last month or so. I cannot belive he even survived. He looked as thou some had put him into a meat grinder and turned it on. The punshment these teens rececved doesn't even compare to what Trooper has been through. If there was and justice they would known what trooper went through in his recovery. I am the proud owner of Trooper and could not imagen my life without him in it. I do need to thank the Regina humane service and the Albert North Vet clince in Regina for all the work they did to save Trooper. Without them I would never have Trooper.


January 29th, 2006, 10:33 PM
well psycho teen needs to be thrown in prison and suffer for a very long time

January 29th, 2006, 11:32 PM
I'm so glad to hear that you have given Trooper a happy ending . Bless you. Its great to hear Trooper is doing good. I can't understand how anyone could be so cruel and heartless to any animal. Its beyond my understanding.

January 30th, 2006, 06:42 AM
A.J. I'm so happy you have given Trooper has a forever home;

As for the "psycho's" I guess the judge hasn't read all studies done on kids that abuse animals. In a few more years, you'll see their names posted for "child abuse"!!!!

February 10th, 2006, 11:02 PM
The story of Trooper has touched a lot of hearts in Regina Saskatchewan and across the world but it has a sad ending. After everything we went through his life has taken away way too soon. In December 2003 Trooper was diagnosed with cancer. A week later he was put to sleep with me by his side. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him and his silly ways. In October 2003 I gave birth to a beautiful little girl and was very worried on how he would except her because he was my best friend. He would sleep on the floor just below her crib and not let the other cats near her. I have some great photos of the two of them together that when see gets older I can show her. Everytime I think of him I cry. I only had him in my life for a year and that was not enough time. For everything he went through I am happy I could make his last year of his life so happy. I know that he is in heaven and is doing amazing things because anyone that much charm and personality has to be.

jesse's mommy
February 11th, 2006, 05:41 AM
I'm really sorry for your loss.

February 11th, 2006, 10:02 PM
I personally would like to see the young offenders hide your face law thrown out. We should have the right to see what kind of human garbage is out there. Then again I am a huge supporter of the death penalty. Makes me sick.