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Tracked down online for abusing a cat

When two US teenagers posted a video of themselves abusing the family cat on YouTube, outraged Web users took it upon themselves to track down the culprits and bring them to justice, resulting in the subsequent arrest of the pair. Warning, you might find these images upsetting.

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When two US teenagers posted a video of themselves abusing the family cat on YouTube, outraged Web users took it upon themselves to track down the culprits and bring them to justice, resulting in the subsequent arrest of the pair. Warning, you might find these images upsetting.

This is one of the two videos posted on YouTube by "glennspam1" last weekend. Just a few later, the main perpetrator had been identified as Kerry Glenn from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Dusty's feline fan club

These are just a few of the various images posted on Facebook group "Dusty this is for you" which has over 6,500 members. There are also a variety of YouTube video responses to the video (e.g. Jihad for Dusty), and an online petition directed at the local district attorney, which has been signed by 6,500 so far.

The online witch hunt

Web users tracked down Glenn by using YouTube, MySpace and Facebook, despite him wearing a balaclava and going under the name of "Timmy". A website set up in support of the featured cat posted the 14-year-old's contact details, postal address, parent's occupations and telephone numbers, encouraging Web users to contact the local district attorney and "help this story make national news" by sending it to CNN's i-Report. Following the hullaballoo, when the footage had been watched over 30,000 times, YouTube deleted the videos and suspended Glenn's account.

 

 

The information was passed on to the local police who arrested Glenn and his 16-year-old brother Weston for animal cruelty on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the online offensive is causing havoc for unsuspecting Glenns around the US, with people as far as New York receiving hateful phone calls from cat sympathisers. The local sheriff has appealed to the public to stop contacting those thought to be involved in the case. And the cat? Dusty has been taken to the vet along with another from the house. Both will be re-homed.