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Beaten cat recovering at BARCS

Two boys beating a cat with a stick in Fell’s Point were interrupted and chased Friday by a concerned citizen, who later brought the cat to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).

BARCS said the cat, who they’ve named Marilyn, has a broken back leg and is still being evaluated.

BARCS officials say they have filed a police report about the incident.

The witness to the abuse chased the two boys. Unable to catch them, he returned to the cat and transported her to the shelter, according to a BARCS press release.

“The cat’s leg was very limp, completely broken,” Darlene Harris of BARCS told WBAL-TV.

BARCS said the beating of Marilyn is the second animal abuse case to come to their attention so far this year.

In January, Mittens, who had recently given birth to a litter of kittens, was reportedly doused with lighter fluid while trapped in a milk crate and set on fire by teenagers. Both Mittens and her kittens were taken to BARCS, and the two juveniles were charged with animal cruelty.

Marilyn’s medical bills, like those of Mittens, are being paid for through BARCS’ Franky Fund, a fund that relies on donations from the public to pay the veterinary bills of injured animals that come to the shelter for care. 

Donations to the Franky Fund are accepted through the BARCS website at, or in person at the shelter, located at 301 Stockholm Street in South Baltimore (near M&T Bank Stadium).


Comment from Kelly
Time February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

When will it end?

Comment from Jim
Time February 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

It will end when we as a society begin to raise our children with empathy for other living things. Not until. Poor parenting is the cause of many (if not most) of society’s ills.

Comment from Jim
Time February 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

In the course of my life (I’m not young anymore) I have heard MANY people make disparaging remarks about cats – the attitude seemingly permeates society. Of course I always ask: “Have you ever OWNED a cat?”. The response is invariably “No”. I then feel obligated to tell the commenter that they don’t know what they’re talking about and that they should either give it a try (and learn something) or else just shut up.
Children seem to pick up this attitude at an early age, and it seems to me that it is children, almost exclusively, that commit these kinds of cruel and heartless acts. So – parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, before you go spouting off about a subject you obviously know nothing about, take care to see just who might be in a position to overhear your baseless slander. The cat or kitten you save from pointless pain, suffering or death will thank you, as will I.

Comment from Julie
Time April 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Total parent fail here. These are also future serial killers, it’s been proven a million times. Events like Columbine could of been prevent if animal abusers had actually gone to jail for these horrible crimes. I am starting to not even like or trust kids now.