Published On: Tue, Apr 13th, 2010

‘Gothic Kitten’ Case Closed, Holly Crawford to shutter business, serve house arrest

Holly Crawford received six months house arrest for charges of animal cruelty as she promoted piercing kittens’ ears, necks and docking their tails.

The original story (Pierced kittens owner goes to trial) was strange and raised many eyebrows, but Crawford’s long list of robbery and theft arrests revealed she has a history of poor judgment.

Crawford hugged her daughter in court after she learned Monday morning she wouldn’t serve prison time after trying to sell “gothic kittens” online.

Convicted of animal cruelty for piercing kittens’ ears and necks and docking their tails, the Sweet Valley woman found leniency in Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, who spared Crawford the minimum of six months in prison in favor of at least six months of house arrest.

The judge ordered the “business” to be shut down, including her in-home grooming functions while she serves her sentence, which includes 21 months of additional evaluation and probation.

Crawford, the 35-year-old groomer, said she was grateful the judge didn’t impose prison time.

“I couldn’t have asked for more than that today, honestly,” Crawford said.

At one point during the proceedings, Judge Gartley reminded Ms. Crawford of her long list of previous crimes, which included 17 arrests ranging from robbery, drug use and Crawford’s theft of guns from her mother.

The criminal history meant Crawford faced a minimum of six months in prison. Judge Gartley, however, waived that, citing the woman’s ongoing sobriety from a heroin addiction that fueled the crimes.

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