Thamesmead schoolboy beating cat to death prompts warning from Celia Hammond Trust

AN ANIMAL trust has issued a warning to parents after a cat was beaten to death by a nine-year-old boy in Thamesmead.

The animal had apparently been struck by a car before the Jubilee Primary School pupil tried to finish it off with a glass bottle while it lay hurt not far from the school in Crowden Way, Crossway, on the afternoon of February 8.

The unneutered male cat arrived at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust shelter in Lewisham with a head wound, a dilated left pupil and small right pupil which both indicated brain injury.

The cat could not get to its feet and although it was spitting at being touched, the animal was too weak to resist and despite being treated for shock with fluids, an antibiotic injection and pain relief, it died during the night.

A vet concluded it was impossible to know whether the cat’s head injuries were down to being struck by a vehicle or being hit by the boy but that being struck by the child would obviously have caused additional suffering.

A statement from the Celia Hammond Trust called on parents and teachers to teach children respect for both human and animal life.

A spokeswoman said: "Cruelty towards animals by anyone is shocking but when children are involved it is a matter of grave concern as one can only speculate as to what sort of behaviour it could lead to in later life.

"It is generally recognised that children who have been taught to be kind to animals are also kinder in their interactions with other children.

"Parents should reconsider turning a blind eye to seemingly harmless actions like chasing pigeons which can easily escalate into throwing things at pigeons and lead to a general disrespect for all animal life with consequent possible abuse and cruelty."

A spokeswoman for Jubilee Primary School said: "There was a very serious incident after school last week involving one of our pupils.

"This is an extremely sensitive issue for the family, the children involved and the community.

"The matter is still under investigation by the school.

"The children and parents involved are being kept informed."

The RSPCA is also investigating but will not be pressing charges as the boy involved is below the age of criminal responsibility.

Did you witness this incident or know anything about it? Ring 01689 885702, e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @NewsShopperTim 

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2:00pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :(
So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :( Inspirationalady28
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2:41pm Thu 14 Feb 13

mysticpoppy8 says...

Poor little cat, unable to defend itself against a malicious child. How would he like to be beaten and cut with a bottle. What is this world coming to when children thinks nothing of injuring or killing an animal however small. Utterly disgusting, I hope that the parents of this child are ashamed to call him their son.
Poor little cat, unable to defend itself against a malicious child. How would he like to be beaten and cut with a bottle. What is this world coming to when children thinks nothing of injuring or killing an animal however small. Utterly disgusting, I hope that the parents of this child are ashamed to call him their son. mysticpoppy8
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8:15pm Thu 14 Feb 13

bizzymum says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :(
In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death"

Now you've changed your mind.

Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot?
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :([/p][/quote]In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death" Now you've changed your mind. Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot? bizzymum
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8:22pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

bizzymum wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :(
In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death"

Now you've changed your mind.

Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot?
Why don't you go back to being a busy mum instead of having a pot shot at me you stupid woman!? I was stating what was reported first then after reading the second report gave my opinion then..so if you want to let off a bit of steam, have a go at the NS reporter and not me..you got that?
[quote][p][bold]bizzymum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :([/p][/quote]In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death" Now you've changed your mind. Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot?[/p][/quote]Why don't you go back to being a busy mum instead of having a pot shot at me you stupid woman!? I was stating what was reported first then after reading the second report gave my opinion then..so if you want to let off a bit of steam, have a go at the NS reporter and not me..you got that? Inspirationalady28
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11:34pm Thu 14 Feb 13

bizzymum says...

Inspirationalady28 wrote:
bizzymum wrote:
Inspirationalady28 wrote:
So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :(
In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death"

Now you've changed your mind.

Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot?
Why don't you go back to being a busy mum instead of having a pot shot at me you stupid woman!? I was stating what was reported first then after reading the second report gave my opinion then..so if you want to let off a bit of steam, have a go at the NS reporter and not me..you got that?
Lol - Troll!
[quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bizzymum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inspirationalady28[/bold] wrote: So the boy didn't "beat it to death" as reported because the cat was still alive when arriving at the animal shelter. But having said that, the boy's actions could have contributed to the cats death. It makes me want to cry when I think about that poor defenceless little cat lying injured at the roadside and then instead of being helped, someone comes along and starts beating at it with a glass bottle!! It may have died from the first injury anyway but there was also the possibility of it being saved, we will never know now! :([/p][/quote]In a post on another link you said it was "Truth the boy did beat the cat to death" Now you've changed your mind. Why not wait and find out the facts instead of trying to incite a riot?[/p][/quote]Why don't you go back to being a busy mum instead of having a pot shot at me you stupid woman!? I was stating what was reported first then after reading the second report gave my opinion then..so if you want to let off a bit of steam, have a go at the NS reporter and not me..you got that?[/p][/quote]Lol - Troll! bizzymum
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8:07am Fri 15 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

Now now girls!

Lady28 - Although Bizzymum is stating a fact and is entitled to her opinion, there's no need to be abusive....people will only report you!!!

....calm down and listen to some Enya ;o)
Now now girls! Lady28 - Although Bizzymum is stating a fact and is entitled to her opinion, there's no need to be abusive....people will only report you!!! ....calm down and listen to some Enya ;o) Tip-Top
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8:37am Fri 15 Feb 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

Tip-Top wrote:
Now now girls!

Lady28 - Although Bizzymum is stating a fact and is entitled to her opinion, there's no need to be abusive....people will only report you!!!

....calm down and listen to some Enya ;o)
I was only stating a fact too, but she comes in and starts abusing me whenever she feels like it. I'm entitled to my opinion like anyone else..So if she can't take a taste of her own medicine she should not give it out! I'm not on here to cause a riot either like she claims, that's absurd!!
[quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: Now now girls! Lady28 - Although Bizzymum is stating a fact and is entitled to her opinion, there's no need to be abusive....people will only report you!!! ....calm down and listen to some Enya ;o)[/p][/quote]I was only stating a fact too, but she comes in and starts abusing me whenever she feels like it. I'm entitled to my opinion like anyone else..So if she can't take a taste of her own medicine she should not give it out! I'm not on here to cause a riot either like she claims, that's absurd!! Inspirationalady28
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8:49am Fri 15 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

Sorry Lady28, but I cannot see anywhere on this thread where she has said anything like that. All she has done is question your changing opinion, which you have given a fairly valid answer to (and you should have left it at that). However, to then call her “stupid” is un-called for and your suggestion to have a pop at the reporter is fully justified.
…..I believe the inciting a riot comment was said in jest…..not unless she knows you and you have previous ;o)
Sorry Lady28, but I cannot see anywhere on this thread where she has said anything like that. All she has done is question your changing opinion, which you have given a fairly valid answer to (and you should have left it at that). However, to then call her “stupid” is un-called for and your suggestion to have a pop at the reporter is fully justified. …..I believe the inciting a riot comment was said in jest…..not unless she knows you and you have previous ;o) Tip-Top
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