Teen-ager accused of hitting cat with wooden table leg

March 06, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A teen-ager has been accused of animal mutilation in an incident in which police say one boy struck a cat repeatedly with a wooden table leg as the other shouted encouragement and restrained a boy whose family owns the orange tabby, Annapolis police said yesterday.

Police said the 15-year-old boy accused of hitting the cat has received a juvenile citation. Police are investigating the role of the other boy, also 15.

The Sun does not publish the names of juvenile suspects.

The cat survived the late Sunday afternoon attack after Gigi Johnson, the mother of the 13-year-old who was restrained, heard his screams and ran outside. She had been sleeping before her night shift at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The boys ran off when they saw her, and she told her son to call 911.

"I've never seen such a brutal thing done to something so helpless," Johnson said.

The 5-year-old cat, Annabelle, was rushed to an emergency clinic. A veterinarian recommended that the cat stay overnight, but the family could not afford the care.

Instead, the family bought antibiotics and other medicines and have been nursing Annabelle back to health at their home on Janwal Street. The cat stays hidden under a bed and can barely move.

"There's no doubt in my mind they were trying to kill her," Johnson said.

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