Cat's killer leaves kittens without mom

SANDUSKY The cat's name was Squeak, but she didn't make a sound when a 15-year-old boy crushed her w
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The cat's name was Squeak, but she didn't make a sound when a 15-year-old boy crushed her with a chunk of asphalt this week.

His actions left a litter of 2-week-old kittens without a mother.

Now the babies are struggling to survive with the help of the Erie County Humane Society.

The cat's owner, Larry Witter, found the kittens hidden under his shed after looking for them for days. Still reeling from witnessing the violent attack against his pet, Witter knew he had to get the tiny kittens care if they were going to survive.

"I took the shed apart to get to them," Witter said.

Humane Society director Amy Porter said the kittens will be fed formula and raised in a foster home until they are old enough and healthy enough to return to the shelter for adoption.

"They are awfully little," Porter said. "Chances are they will be OK, but we never know."

Witter said there are two calico kittens, an orange kitten, a beige kitten and a gray tiger kitten.

Normally the kittens would receive important nutrients and antibodies from the their mother. But as orphans it's important to keep them healthy until their immune systems develop, Porter said.

"That's why our foster program is so important," she said. "We are always looking for more foster families."

While Witter is glad the kittens are safe, he still struggles to understand why the teen would violently attack his pet.

"I've had her since last summer. She followed my orange cat Garfield home," he said. "He misses her. He doesn't know what to do with himself."

He said the teen, who was walking down Campbell Street with a group of friends, picked up the piece of asphalt and threw it at the cat, who was cowering under a sign.

"It still makes me sick," he said.

The cat was already dying when he reached her.

"I stayed with her and petted her until she died," he said.

The teen has been charged with cruelty to animals.

People who are interested in adopting the kittens or becoming foster families for the Humane Society can call 419-626-6220.