House arrest for "Goth Kitten" peddler

April 12, 2010 6:12:37 PM PDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - April 12, 2010 A northeastern Pennsylvania woman convicted of animal cruelty for marketing "gothic kittens" with ear and neck piercings over the Internet has been sentenced to six months of house arrest.

Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley also ordered 35-year-old Holly Crawford of Ross Township to close her dog grooming business for more than two years along with 21 months of additional evaluation and probation.

But Gartley allowed her to keep her pets, which include a dog, three cats and three snakes.

A jury convicted Crawford in February of animal cruelty. Prosecutor alleged that she inflicted pain upon three black kittens because "she thought it was neat" to sell gothic kittens on the Internet. Defense attorneys argued that parents allow children to get pierced ears at young ages, and it would be wrong to hold cat owners to a higher standard.