In the spring of 2011, a three-month-old kitten was surrendered by her owner to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield. The staff at Dakin immediately noticed a foul odor, and upon examining her, they were horrified to discover she had been severely burned on approximately 30% of her body. The kitten was immediately rushed to a nearby veterinarian. The Dakin staff then called on Officer Christine Allenberg to investigate.
The little kitten’s paws, legs, and abdomen had been scalded when she jumped into a bathtub partially filled with boiling water. Her owner’s roommate immediately ran cold water over the kitten and notified her owner about the accident.
The kitten’s owner returned home the next day and, rather than bring her to a vet, decided to use a variety of ineffective home remedies. Unfortunately, the kitten’s skin became badly infected and her heath declined rapidly. After more than a week since the initial burns, the suffering kitten was finally brought to Dakin for help. Unfortunately, the extent of her injuries was so severe by that time that the kitten had to be humanely euthanized.
Shortly before trial, the defendant entered into a plea agreement in which he submitted to probation for nine months and completed thirty hours of community service.