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Man lights cat on fire and is allowed to keep another cat!

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I can't believe they're allowing him to have another animal in his home!

Man Allegedly Lights Kitten On Fire
Judge Allows Man To Keep Other Kitten

POSTED: 11:04 AM EST February 2, 2004

BRISTOL, Pa. -- A Bucks County man will get to keep a kitten at his home, despite the alleged torture he inflicted on another young cat.

A judge -- changing her initial ruling -- said the kitten can remain in the home of 28-year-old Daniel Culligan, who's charged with setting another cat on fire. The 9-month-old tabby, which had burns over 90 percent of its body, had to be put down.

Judge Joanne Kline's ruling came after Culligan's father pleaded with her to allow the kitten to stay at the home for the sake of his granddaughter. Kline said she'll revisit the situation at Culligan's preliminary hearing.

Culligan -- who's charged with arson, which is a felony, and animal cruelty -- is free on $100,000 bond.

Police said Culligan lit the cat on fire because he was frustrated that the cat had defecated on the floor and scratched his son.

Anne Irwin, of the Bucks County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, calls the crime "sadistic and deliberate."
post #2 of 24
How do these idiots ever get on the bench? And I question the grandfather's judgment! PA needs to get some laws on the books that better protect animals.
post #3 of 24
This judge allowed the kitten and a CHILD to stay in that home??? Time to find a new judge.
post #4 of 24
He let What????????

I've got understood that in the states judges are elected... time to elect a new guy.
post #5 of 24
Some are elected, and thus can be gotten rid of fairly easily, and others are appointed, often because they have the "right" political connections.
post #6 of 24
That is disgusting!! I believe that that guy will be going to a "special" place when he dies!!
post #7 of 24
I believe that when people do horrible things to animals like this, that same thing should be done to them. Of course this wouldn't really work with some cases, but he deserves it.
post #8 of 24
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Originally posted by chixyb
I believe that when people do horrible things to animals like this, that same thing should be done to them. Of course this wouldn't really work with some cases, but he deserves it.
I agree, they should burn him alive. I hate the justice system. It seems like theres more and more sickos getting free every year.

Peace,
Brandon
post #9 of 24
Actually, you would be surprised how few animal cruelty laws include provisions that prevent the abuser from owning or possessing another animal. As I recall from reading through all 50 state's cruelty laws last year preparing for the Cruelty Law section of www.StrayPetAdvocacy.org I believe there are only a handful that have that provision. I think only one or two have lifetime ban provisions. In most states, his ability to own or possess another animal is not even a question no matter what the circumstances.
post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by jcat
Some are elected, and thus can be gotten rid of fairly easily, and others are appointed, often because they have the "right" political connections.
Well, I know that federal judges are nominated by the President and then ratified by the Senate, but I guess that as far as state and local judges go it depends on the place. Anyway that guy does not belong on the bench
post #11 of 24
this is scuch bull!! I wouldnt even let this guy keep his child...anyone that can be that cruel to animals can certainly be that cruel to a kid

Lorien
post #12 of 24


Just because the kitten damaged something and scratched his son, he let it on fire????? I think "normal" people know that kittens do damage some things and if someone is holding them or doing something it doesn't like, the kitten would scratch them! I can't believe he set it on fire!!!!
If I was where he lives I would just go to a police station or something and complain. He does not deserve to keep the other cat or his child!!!

While I was reading this I was getting very angry, but was close to crying also, it's very sad, how a kitten, a helpless kitten, lives a short life just because his owner is crazy.
post #13 of 24
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!
This moron has ticked me off big style!. I'd love to throw a flame on him and the judge and watch them scream!!!!!.
post #14 of 24
That's unbelieveable If I were the Grandpa I'd be seeking custody of my Grandaughter and the remaining kitten. How can that man be safe to be around another kitten? How mentally scarred is the poor child to be around people capable of such cruelty? The Judge should be given a hefty dose of reality and if that doesn't work she should be speedily replaced by someone with a bit more human decency and common sense.
post #15 of 24
OMG this burns me up bigtime!

I don't know how they could let him be in the same room as another animal, let aloone a human being!

GRRRRRRRRRRRR!
post #16 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by yoviher
Well, I know that federal judges are nominated by the President and then ratified by the Senate, but I guess that as far as state and local judges go it depends on the place. Anyway that guy does not belong on the bench
Excuse me? No separation of the powers? That doesn't even begin to make sense!

How this man deserves to have another kitten and child in his care leaves me dumbfounded.
post #17 of 24
Ok, allow me to explain. Federal Judges and even judges of the U.S. Supreme Court are nominated by the President and then they have to be ratified by the US Senate. Once it is approved by the senate then the guy is judge. If the senate decides "that guy ain't gonna be judge" then he won't.

As for state and local judges, they are very often elected, for example the judge of the Alabama Supreme Court who was kicked out for defying the decision to remove the ten comandments can try to run again, and if people elect him then he again is judge.

Now that depends on the state, since here in Puerto Rico the judges are in a similar fashion to the feds... he is nominated by the governor and then ratified by the senate.

I guess that electing them is more democratic, but at the same time it can become partidistic... which is a bit scary.

How is it done in Australia?
post #18 of 24
Here is the name of the judge/DA and a sample letter you can send about this case.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Buck
Bucks County Administration Building, 55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
ph: 215-348-6344, 215-348-6351; fax: 215-348-6299

District Justice Joanne V. Kline
3030 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19076
ph: 215-788-5561

Dear Ms. Gibbons, Ms. Buck and Ms. Kline:

It is difficult to imagine the logic behind Daniel Culligan's decision to soak his son's cat in charcoal lighter and set her ablaze with a cigarette lighter as "punishment" for relieving herself on the floor and scratching his son. It is equally hard to comprehend the mind of a man who then tosses an animal consumed in flames over his backyard deck.

Chica did not die quickly. Even as neighbors rushed to her aid with a fire extinguisher, the 9-month-old tabby suffered burns over 90 percent of her body. On December 14, 2003, an animal emergency hospital had to euthanize what remained of the once healthy animal.

What is painstakingly clear is Culligan's sociopathic response to the infliction of untold pain: "What's the big deal? Everyone has hurt cats or squirrels." (Bucks County Courier Times, 2/1/04)

I hope you will consider the intensity of this violent crime when you prosecute Culligan. Please seek the maximum prison term and fine for torture and cruelty to animals, as well as arson-related charges.

I encourage you to solicit mandatory psychological counseling for Culligan and to ensure that he is prohibited from owning or harboring animals. In addition, I hope authorities will immediately confiscate Culligan's surviving kitten for examination by a qualified veterinarian and transfer to an area rescue group for adoption into a
suitable home. If abuse is found, please see that Culligan is charged with more counts of animal cruelty

By itself, animal torture is worthy of jail time. In addition, studies show most violent offenders honed their aggression with animals before graduating to humans. Culligan's utter lack of remorse and disrespect for life suggest he is advancing along the animal-to-human violence continuum the FBI now considers when profiling criminal behavior. I trust you will evaluate the defendant's potential for future violence against animals and humans.

Chica was a defenseless and innocent companion animal. I thank you in advance for taking steps to protect society from the man who senselessly killed her.

Thank you,
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
Just printed the sample letter, thanks for finding it. I would be afraid to let that man have children around him. His actions show a high degree of instability and sociopathic behavior, IMO.
post #20 of 24
SICK!
post #21 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by DragonLady
This judge allowed the kitten and a CHILD to stay in that home??? Time to find a new judge.
I agree!
This is absalutely discusting
post #22 of 24
I think this guy should be given his just deserts!
post #23 of 24
I personally feel that with cases such as this one the offender, when sentenced, should have his offense embroidered on the back of all his jail suits, for example "I set fire to a cat because it pottied on the floor" and other cases such as "I stomped my 3 month old baby to death" then throw them in with the rest of the offenders and let them take care of it. In my experiences (always on the right sides of the bars of course) inmates will lie about how they got there so they dont get their butts kicked, but from what I can see this guy really really really deserves it.

Around here child protective services would have already stepped in to take the child out of the home. Reasoning is: if the man will lash out at an animal, its only a matter of time before the child becomes the next victim.
post #24 of 24
Stories like these make me sick. I have to wonder what makes people do such torturous things like that and yet they are STILL allowed to keep animals and kids allowed to stay in the house. Sounds like the judge is dumb or something...what was going on with that judge anyways, animals are defenseless SHEESH!!! And the kid and the other animals are in danger of being abused too!
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