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James MeyersWEST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP, PA – Police have charged 24-year-old James Myers with cruelty to animals after he allegedly injected a kitten with heroin, choked it with a rope and slammed it to the ground.

Around 5 a.m. Sunday, a patrolling police officer noticed Myers parked in the middle of the street with his car door open. Under the door was a black kitten with a rope wrapped tightly around its neck. The kitten was lethargic, bleeding from the face and had some teeth missing.

A search of Myers car yielded bundles of heroin, hundreds of used bags of heroin, hypodermic needles, rope that matched the one wrapped around the kitten’s neck and a small box of cat shit.

The 8-week-old kitten was taken to a vet suffering from head trauma, where it was determined that the kitten had been injected with heroin. Dr. Jennifer Magilton first thought the kitten would need to be euthanized, but she first tried giving it some Narcan, a heroin antidote.

The kitten, now named Hope, immediately improved and is now expected to make a full recovery. She is currently recovering at the veterinary clinic and will be transferred to the Chester County SPCA.

“I would think in the next few days or a week or so he’ll be back to nearly a normal kitten, up and ready for a permanent home,” said Dr. Gary Puglia of HOPE Veterinary.

Myers was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, drug possession and other related offenses. He’s currently in jail on $25,000 bail.

“There is no excuse for cruelty to a defenseless animal,” said District Attorney Tom Hogan. “The West Whiteland Police Department should be commended for intervening to stop this abuse. Dr. Magilton should be praised for her quick thinking to save the kitten’s life.”

If you’d like to fork over some dough to help Hope, instead of this website, you can do so at the Chester County SPCA website.

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