Janet Ashman, 12/13/99
last month there was a fatal mix of 60-some guests and alcohol
in an Iowa City apartment rented by college students. An
unidentified young person (statistically speaking, a male)
made the choice to mutilate and kill a kitten named Zoey,
leaving her broken, bloodied body in the bathroom for all
pretty much gotten away with it, because nobodys talking.
How could it be that no one heard Zoeys cries or saw
anything unusual? Peer group pressure? Inebriation? Fear
of retribution? Or, is what this person did to Zoey somehow
excusable according to our community standards?
about the type of person who makes these kinds of choices,
takes these kinds of risks, and why. Cruelty to animals,
child abuse, and domestic violence are interrelated crimes-symptomatic
of disturbed individuals and dysfunctional families. They
are also predictors of repetitive violence that often escalates
in range and severity. When animals are abused, people are
happens next, when one of this guys partners says
No, I dont want to have sex with you tonight.
Or when one of his supervisors says No, do it
this way.Or later, when one of his toddlers howls
No, I dont wanna take a nap.
dead. And another case of animal abuse in Iowa is toastuntil
someone does the right thing. The Johnson County Humane
Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading
to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible
for Zoeys mutilation and death. Call the Iowa City
Police Department at 356-5275 with information or leave
a message on the Johnson County Humane Societys HelpLine
needs to come forward and say, I know something about
what happened at that party. In no way is what this person
did to Zoey OK.