EXCLUSIVE: Kitten nursed back to health after being thrown at wall

May 02, 2018 09:42 AM

GLOVERSVILLE - "He's a lovable little kitty that's probably forgotten what's happened to him," Lorrie Venneman said.

Looking at 9-week old Walden now, and you'd never believe how close he came to death a week ago.

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"It was this kitty here that someone had gotten mad and picked him up and threw him against the wall," Venneman added.

Someone close to 30-year-old Steven Riach, called Gloversville police to report that he had thrown the cat after he sprayed the wall. 

"How could anyone do that?"

Renee Earl tells us when the Regional Animal Shelter received Walden Thursday, she wasn't sure that he would make it.

"He was unable to move his back end and his abdomen was quite distended," Earl said.

"Right now he's just on the mend and he, everyday, he does get a little bit better and a little bit stronger," Venneman explained. 

Lorrie and Renee say the only way to protect these defenseless animals from abuse is to speak up if you see it happening like someone did with Walden.

Then they say, animal cruelty crimes should be punishable under the state's penal law, rather than viewed as violations of the state agriculture and markets law.

In addition, Walden was given to his owner when he was three weeks old, something that shouldn't have happened the ladies say, until he was at least 8 weeks old. He's now recovering from his injuries under the watchful eye of Lola, a 4 year old mastiff brought to health after being deprived of food in another animal abuse case in Stratford. The man sentenced in that case received two years in prison.

"So we may hear of a punishment and say that's nearly enough and while morally and ethically it's not unfortunately, the laws are what the laws are." Earl said.

Riach appeared in Gloversville City Court on Wednesday morning. His bail was set at $25,000 and he was sent back to the Fulton County Jail.

Walden will continue to be nursed back to health in Lorrie's foster care.


Karen Tararache

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