Cats Allegedly Smeared in Feces and Urine Deserve Justice

Target: Ashley Moody, Attorney General of Florida

Goal: Prosecute and ensure severe penalties for the alleged abuse and neglect of seven cats.

In a deeply disturbing incident in Largo, Florida, seven cats were allegedly subjected to extreme abuse and neglect. This situation came to light when Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged a 37-year-old man, following a distressing discovery at a local animal shelter. Allegedly, this man surrendered a plastic bin and a suitcase to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, containing five dead cats and two others in critical condition. The cats, all under 18 months old, were reportedly found “wet to the touch” and smeared in feces and urine. One of the two surviving cats was seemingly in such a dire state that euthanasia was deemed the only humane option. The other exhibited a life-threatening internal temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, illustrating the severity of its apparent suffering.

Further investigation revealed that these cats had allegedly been under the man’s care for over a week, during which time their conditions drastically deteriorated. He reportedly claimed to have taken up the responsibility for a friend who was away, only to surrender them to the SPCA when he apparently grew tired of their care. The containers used for this reportedly cruel act were not only inappropriate, but evidently contributed to the animals’ severe distress and demise. Detectives believe the cats were alive and well before being confined, highlighting the alleged negligence that led to their suffering.

This heartbreaking case underscores the urgent need for stricter animal welfare laws and enforcement. The apparent callousness and disregard for the well-being of these innocent animals demand a strong legal response. The severity of this alleged crime warrants thorough prosecution to ensure such acts of cruelty are met with the full force of the law. Take immediate and decisive action.


Dear Attorney General Ashley Moody,

We are deeply troubled by the alleged abuse and neglect of seven young cats in Largo, as reported by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The details of this case, involving the reportedly severe mistreatment and subsequent death or euthanasia of these animals, are profoundly distressing. Allegations suggest that Ian Bender, responsible for their care, chose to confine them in a manner leading to their suffering and death. This action allegedly resulted in conditions so dire that one cat had to be euthanized upon rescue, and another suffered from life-threatening conditions.

The community looks to you for justice in this harrowing case. The allegations against Mr. Bender, including seven counts of aggravated animal abuse, highlight a grievous disregard for life and welfare. The facts, as reported, suggest these innocent animals were subjected to unimaginable suffering due to neglect and improper care. Their treatment under his care, as described, demands not just our collective outrage but a legal response that reflects the seriousness of these alleged acts.

We urge you to pursue this case with the utmost rigor and to seek penalties that not only serve justice but also deter similar acts of cruelty in the future. The protection of vulnerable animals relies on the enforcement of our laws and the message sent by their application. We implore you to ensure that this case receives the attention it deserves, leading to a resolution that affirms our community’s commitment to compassion and justice.


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One Comment

  1. Alice K Knight says:

    How can anyone turn their back on the horrific and heinous crimes people commit towards other living beings? If the laws for animal cruelty do not change, to me, this means the government cannot be bothered, it is trivial and not worth their time.
    You need to protect all living things in this case the respect and compassion to protect animals.

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