Brooksville, Florida - A pregnant mother in Brooksville is accused of beating two kittens with an aluminum bat. The kittens' injuries were so severe that one of them died and the other is badly hurt.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says it happened at the Hill N. Dale Community Park at 6460 Boxwood Street in Brooksville around 7:30 p.m. Friday. But detectives say witnesses told them that 24-year-old Wilana Frazier didn't act alone. They say she allowed her young sons to participate too. Her son's are 5 and 8.
Four kids at the playground told detectives they watched as Frazier beat the two kittens, who were just a few weeks old. Patrick Pace, a supervisor with Hernando County Animal Services says one of his animal control officers responded and found one kitten "unconscious and unresponsive."
One witness told investigators that Frazier stood by as one of her young sons tried to cut the kitten's neck with a stick. The witness says the boy threw the cat, then put it in a swing and kicked it repeatedly.
Witnesses also say Frazier joined in as another one of her sons beat a second kitten, doused it with water and dumped it in a trash can. That kitten died. But thanks to a little boy who rescued the other kitten, it survived.
Still, Pace says it was a close call for the kitten they're now calling "Dexter." He says, "I'm sure that the case with Dexter because of the head trauma and injuries he had...if we hadn't gotten out there when we did and got him to the emergency clinic in time, I'm sure it could have been more serious for Dexter."
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office questioned Frazier and they say she denied beating the animals and said her two kids weren't a part of it either. She's been charged with not only animal cruelty but two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
Meanwhile, Dexter is under the care of a local veterinarian now. Pace says, "Well, right now Dexter is recovering and his recovery could be long due to head trauma, head injury, you know, with swelling on the brain. It's sort of uncertain, but stay posted. When information becomes available and Dexter's ready to get into a new family and into a new home, we'll make it available."
Frazier has bonded out of jail.
Pace says the issue of unwanted kittens is huge due in part to the economy, but they have all types of programs and special services to take care of the animals and to try to find them all good homes.