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Pennsylvania pet groomer convicted of animal cruelty for marketing 'Gothic kittens' asks to reopen business

December 2, 2010 |  1:30 pm

GothicKitten WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A northeastern Pennsylvania woman who tried to sell "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings online wants to reopen her pet-grooming business.

Animal welfare workers seized three kittens and a cat from Holly Crawford's Ross Township home in 2008 after she posted the online ads.

Crawford was sentenced to six months of house arrest earlier this year on animal cruelty charges. On Wednesday she asked a county judge to relax her probation conditions so she can reopen her grooming shop, Pawside Parlor.

Prosecutors did not oppose Crawford's request, saying she has met the requirements of her probation thus far.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley did not immediately rule on the request.


-- Associated Press

Photo: Screen grab showing a kitten whose tail had been banded in an effort to stop blood flow from a video by the Associated Press

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