The ASPCA posted an article today about a teen and an adult who had committed acts of cruelty to kittens in separate incidents. http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_newsalert071808#1
Regarding the teenage girl (15): I hope she can get help. If she is being abused by her family, her family needs to be dealt with. At the very least let’s hope she gets some good counselling.
But the 38 yr old adult? He deserves the maximum sentence – probably more than the maximum. But maybe he really needs help, too. He needs to understand that it’s a serious thing to do, but we should also help him. Do prisons really need to just be revolving doors? If he doesn’t get help, who will be his next victim after this episode is in the past? Will it be another kitten? A puppy? A teenager? A toddler?