‘Gothic kittens’ pet groomer charged in shooting deaths of Luzerne County father, son
The Associated Press By The Associated Press
on April 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM, updated April 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. — Authorities have released the names of a father and son found shot to death in their northeastern Pennsylvania home.
State police in Luzerne County say 73-year-old Ronald Evans was found dead on the rear deck of the Hunlock Township residence. Troopers said 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans was found dead in a hallway. Both had been shot multiple times.
Police said 31-year-old James Roche and 39-year-old Holly Ann Crawford were later arrested on criminal homicide charges in a wooded area outside their Sweet Valley home. Court documents don’t list attorneys for the defendants and listed numbers for them couldn’t be found Thursday.
Crawford made headlines several years ago when she was convicted of animal cruelty for marketing “Gothic” kittens with pierced ears and bobbed tails.
Woman who sold ‘Gothic’ kittens with pierced ears guilty of animal cruelty
By JOHN STEVENS
UPDATED: 09:52 EST, 16 June 2011
A woman who attempted to turn three kittens into ‘Gothic cats’ by piercing their ears and necks and removing their tails has been found guilty of animal cruelty.
Groomer Holly Crawford, 36, of Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, tried to sell the ‘Gothic’ kittens on eBay for $100.
Three judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania refused to repeal a lower court conviction for animal cruelty on Monday that sentenced Crawford to six months of home detention and electronic monitoring.
Cruelty: Holly Crawford tried to turn three kittens into ‘Gothic cats’ by piercing their ears and necks and removing their tails
Guilty: Holly Crawford failed to overturn her conviction for animal cruelty
The court ruling revealed that Crawford has advertised the cats with piercings, alterations and mutilations on eBay.
A picture of a six-week-old black kitten showed that it had 14 gauge barbell earrings in its ears, which were flopped, a small submission ring on the back of its neck, and a barbell earring on the end of its docked tail.
‘Metal protruded from the kittens’ small bodies, pierced through their ears and necks, and at least one of these kittens also had an elastic band tied around its tail, an attempt at docking, which is a procedure to stem the blood flow so that the tail eventually falls off,’ wrote judge Kate Ford Elliott
An undercover investigator from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) posed as an customer and went to Crawford’s house.
She found four kittens on her floor, three had pierced ears, one had no tail and one had a rubber band around its tail.
She noted that the three pierced kittens were not moving at all and were very docile, unlike normal kittens of similar age.
Submission ring: The kittens had piercings in their necks
Crawford was described as having ‘several facial piercings’ and being ‘enthusiastic about piercing’.
She admitted doing the piercings herself without anesthetic, but said that she had used antiseptic on the kittens’ ears.