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Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

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Woman on trial in the US accused of piercing kittens to sell on the internet

A woman in the US is on trial for animal cruelty after being charged with marketing "gothic kittens" with ear and neck piercings over the internet.

Prosecutors claim 35-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford inflicted pain on the cats to make money.

Lawyers for Crawford have said she did not act maliciously.

Crawford's home, outside Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was raided in December 2008 when the SPCA received a tip that she was marketing the animals online for hundreds of dollars.

Crawford says she used sterilised needles and made sure the kittens were healing properly.

She said she wasn't trying to hurt them.

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