Kitten burned alive fighting back

Photo courtesy of Animal Alliance

Photo courtesy of Animal Alliance

Kitten burned in Philly recovering at Hunterdon County vet The one-pound kitten was found, burning, at a Philadelphia intersection last Thursday. A quick-thinking Samaritan took off a coat, and smothered the flames, saving the burning 5-week-old animal’s life.
Six days later, the kitten – now named Justin – is getting delicate medical attention, and he’s expected to mostly recover from the second- and third-degree burns on his back and head.
The tiny kitten is eating and sleeping, and undergoing a regimen of antibiotics, wound dressings, and appetite stimulants at the Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, said Anne Trinkle, the executive director of Animal Alliance.
“He’s doing remarkably well – but he’s not out of the woods yet,” said Trinkle, of Animal Alliance, a Lambertville-based animal-welfare non-profit, which got the cat the care he needed.

Photo via Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger

Photo via Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger

Most of Justin’s ears will have to be removed, and badly-burned splotches on his back will remain bald, said Trinkle. The scorched wounds extend from the top of the feline’s head down the length of his back. The scar tissue has to be carefully debrided regularly to allow the skin to continue healing, she said.
An unknown person had doused the kitten with accelerant and applied a flame – before leaving Justin to die at the intersection of F and Clearfield Streets in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, on April 25, investigators say.

Justin the kitten is expected to mostly recover – but his vet bills will probably be steep. In the meantime, authorities have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who set him on fire.

“It’s just depravity,” said Trinkle, who said her group handled four animals in the area who were set on fire last year alone. “It’s just random violence – and it’s toward something tiny that can’t fight back.”
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of as much as $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the attack.
“This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” said Sarah Speed, the Humane Society’s Pennsylvania state director. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring a perpetrator to justice.”
Six days later, the veterinarians are describing Justin the kitten as “spunky” and “animated” – when he’s not sleeping off the anesthesia and medications helping him to recover. The medical bills are likely to be steep – in the range of $5,000 to $6,000, Trinkle said. The all-volunteer group is seeking donations to make his full recovery possible. But they’re confident that good-intentioned people bring that to a reality.
“He’ll look like a little prize-fighter,” Trinkle said. “But we’re hoping he’s going to have a fantastic life.”
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What kind of sick person sets a helpless animal on fire? There’s a special place for them in their afterlife.
Glad Justin is recovering!

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Dr. Eowyn

Bless your tender heart, DCG. I had seen that story yesterday, but couldn’t bear looking at that sweet kitten’s picture. Society has a compelling reason other than animal cruelty to find the monster who set fire to the kitty. Serial killers begin their “career” by torturing and killing nonhuman creatures first before they “graduate” to killing humans.


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Sadly. all your comments are too,too true about the socio/psychopath who did this. That person is living [if one can call it that] in Hell now; this act shows the truth of that. But as you point out, this is a small prelude to something much larger in to come. Expect more as economic stress leads to people breaking under pressure, because they’ve no more resources [financial and spiritual] to deal w/their crises.


This world has more evil people now than ever before. For some reason, I keep seeing in my minds eye I see a young man doing this. Maybe because the young people are so mean, angry and evil. But then again, it could be our prez, he fits that bill also.

Andy Miller

Isn’t it amazing the world will decry the burning of a baby cat, but thinks it is OK to burn a baby human!

Harriet Nelson

I wish I hadn’t seen this, I’m going to be sad and pissed all day now. I know there is a special place in hell for the SOB that did this.


The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated…Gandhi


It’s too bad that if / when this p.o.s. is caught he couldn’t be made to suffer the same fate . To do this to a defenseless animal ; there are no words .


Thank you DCG for this inspiring post. I will now be praying for little Justin, that he heals and will be happy. The evil person who did this must be brought to justice. My first feeling is to set this person on fire, but I know that is against Our Lord’s commandments. For now, I will just pray for the kitten and the noble souls who are caring for him.

Dressage Rider
Dressage Rider

Setting dogs on fire, locked in crates have occurred. I think this also has happened in Pa. I’ll be willing to bet that the idiot who did this also starts fires, and has enuresis (Homicidal Triad).


More evidence that modern America is an out of control evil sewer.