The truth about Dusty the Cat

The video was shocking, the pleading face of an innocent cat enough to break a heart of stone. Timmy, as he called himself on YouTube, filmed himself abusing both the family cats, but Dusty the Cat drew the most attention.

Worldwide attention.

4Chan was on it like a rash, quickly squirreling out the perpetrator’s real name. Then-forteen-year-old Kenny Glenn was outed, his address, phone number, his dad’s work, their names, all of it splattered across the internet. The cats were removed, treated by a vet, saved, rescued, and because the courts wouldn’t impose a penalty the internet community deemed fair, they punished him. Just desserts.

Or not.

It could also have been a teenager who roughed up his cats in a fantasy bravado, staging most of it, as the vets who inspected the cats after the fact believed. They found no damage, no bruising, no tenderness, and the cats’ skittishness was more likely caused by them being traumatised by being removed from their home. The courts didn’t impose a heavy penalty because they were being fair. The kid made a mistake, but even his mistake wasn’t as earth shattering as 4Chan made out.

It took me a while to dig this up [update 25/07/13: I just checked the site again, and it seems the extensive information provided, sketching an alternative version of events with clear, plausible explanations, has been repeatedly hacked and changed. Part of my point: there is no reasoned discourse here, there is no chance for any possible point of view but one to be aired. I have seen time and again that it is when people don’t have a valid point that they resort to silencing their opponents instead of debating the issue.], after I felt more and more uncomfortable with the hysteria I saw surrounding the whole issue. When you get to hateful actions and language like this, you have to ask yourself whether the truth has not been trampled in the mob’s thirst for sensation. Do you really think people who are calling his father a Jew, and in some places a Nazi Jew, are likely to have their facts straight? To consider all of them, and make a fair judgement?

Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever made a mistake you’re just grateful nobody ever saw? How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to learn and move on, but instead had a screaming posse of people (who clearly must all be perfect, because they have never made mistakes, and therefore believe nobody should ever be forgiven for making one) ruining your life because of one wrong thing you did? And where is 4Chan when this happened? And this? And this? Why are they hounding this child so? Does anyone else see that there similarities between what’s been done to him and this? How are these 4Chan bullies any better than the bullies that hounded those kids to their deaths? The bullies in the suicide cases were also convinced the kids they targeted were evil and wrong. When you start acting like they did, what your victim did or didn’t do becomes immaterial. The despicable one becomes you.

Don’t be a mindless follower of mob mentality. Teach your self to think. Learn to step back, calm down, and find the facts.

Edit, April 2013: I still get responses to this blog entry, and find it highly frustrating that people seem to misunderstand its message. This article is not about animal abuse, it’s about people, about mass hysteria, hypocrisy, and demonising.

For the record, I have no opinion on what the facts of the case are, and if what I wrote above gives the impression that I am taking a side, I apologise. Most of those who’ve read it seem to get the point: true or not, nobody anywhere even mentions the alternative version, allowing people to make up their own minds about what’s true. Instead, any kind of defence is written off as lies glibly accepted by the court because the accused’s father is rich. Of course, no evidence is offered to back this claim up.

For those who feel my closing paragraphs are not clear enough, I’ll spell it out: even if all the redeeming arguments made for this child are false, he still made a mistake, the same way all human beings make mistakes. At what point do we say: “He’s paid enough”? And before you answer that he can never have paid enough, imagine that you’re putting down a standard that will be followed for you, for your loved ones, your brother, sister, mother, father, your son or daughter. This child is someone’s son. Even if you feel the official sanctions were not enough, you are out of your mind if you think the torment he and his family have been put through by the baying, self-righteous crowd since has not been punishment enough.

Ask yourself also why you feel such a burning need to mercilessly torture this family, like them or not. If this child was guilty as charged, he was wrong. Whatever the truth is, 4Chan and its hangers-on were worse.

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14 thoughts on “The truth about Dusty the Cat

  1. Shut the fuck up you fucking idiot. “made a mistake?” you’re blind because you obviously didn’t watch the videos. I wish I could pour bleach into your ears so maybe it’ll clean your brain so you’re not so stupid anymore. I hope someone attacks you like that little prick attacked that poor cat.

    1. Let’s see if “Anony” will stand by that comment to the extent of letting you have its real name, address, place of work (assuming it works and doesn’t jerk off in mom’s basement all day). I’m thinking nah, it’s easier to just be another anonymous wanker on the internet. It clearly didn’t read your post, in which you post no less than six links to other sites, but concludes that you didn’t even watch the videos. It’s clear who the fucking idiot is here.

  2. Did you watch the videos? Was the cat just “playing along” with the skit by screaming, crying, and just using its acting skills to look terrified? This is horific animal abuse, and this “child” (monster, whatever) needed to be stopped. This is how serial killers start out – if something wasn’t done, I am sure he would be on to peiple by now. Shame on you for making this seem like something that was blown out of proportion or unfair. Abuse of a defenseless animal, even though it may only last “less than five minutes” as you put I, is just plain sick. Period.

    1. In the first place, the information I could gather was that the cats were inspected by a vet, who failed to find any bruising or tenderness. As wrong as the child’s actions were, we need to have perspective and compare what he did with the cases of abuse animal welfare organisations work with on a daily basis. Again I ask why so little fuss is made of the abuse which makes Dusty’s ordeal look like petting. The fact that you label this “horific [sic] animal abuse” may indicate that you haven’t a clue what kind of suffering animals around the world endure on a daily basis. Shame on you for silencing their cries by focusing on a case which any reasonable person can see was not horrific, but was instead unfortunate, regrettable, needed monitoring and education.

      In the second place, are you kidding me? You seriously think this was NOT blown out of proportion? You think this was a crime worthy of that kid’s entire family being hounded close to ruination? You think it’s perfectly all right for his father’s business to be targeted? You think it’s totally within the bounds of reason for them to be called Nazis? (That, by the way, cheapens the suffering of the people who were tortured to death in the concentration camps in WW2.)

      I want you to do something for me. I want you to close your eyes, and think of something you did to someone else which, on reflection, you realised had been mean, even cruel. A hurtful comment, a prank you thought was funny without considering the effect on someone else. Now imagine that instead of that mistake quietly becoming a lesson you learn which enables you to become a better person, it becomes an international issue. Say you stole some sweets from a shop, and 4Chan got on the case: you’re a criminal, belong in jail, deserve to be ass-raped to death, you’re in the same league as the Nazis who got rich out of the belongings of people they murdered en masse.

      In my view, the Dusty the Cat issue is comparable. A court of law determined, based on the evidence, that the abuse was not severe enough to justify removing the cats from the family. If you disagree with their decision, remember that next time you’re caught speeding and you’re not treated the same as someone who was high on drugs and is convicted of reckless driving. Remember that when your kid or your sister or brother is not sentenced to life in prison for fighting in the school yard.

      Go through these cases, my friend, and come back here and give me links to 4Chan’s hounding of these abusers. Their names are all there, surely it’s no trouble at all for the knights in shining armour to give them what they deserve? But they don’t, do they? It’s much easier to pick on a kid who made this one mistake than to face the reality of the depths people can sink to. You guys would rather make yourselves feel good by treating the equivalent of a shoplifter as if he’d stolen the Mona Lisa, because that way you can feel you’re heroes, instead of having to get your hands dirty by actually helping suffering animals.

  3. To any sane person I suggest you do NOT click on her ‘these cases’ link, don’t worry Steven is not exactly sane – slightly more than anony – but those cases make me want to go to America and find those people and give them a piece of their own medicine…. GRRRRRR!
    There are such cruel people out in the world!

    1. I actually considered closing comments as finding evidence of how mild the case of Dusty was compared to what some animals suffer was extremely upsetting. It didn’t help that my little cat was missing just when I received this comment, and of course I had nightmares that some psycho might have got a hold of her. Thank gods she’s back safe and sound.

      It passes understanding that anyone can do such things to innocent animals. I so understand your feelings on wanting to give them a taste of their own medicine. Animal abuse is due to lack of empathy, and while many people can become better tuned to the feelings of other living beings – often by simply being made aware that this animal has feelings and can experience pain just like you – these extreme cases speak to me of total psychopathy. It would take someone greater than me to see hope for them.

      I believe Kenny Glenn was very possibly a case of uninformed and uneducated about animal welfare. Work in an animal shelter would have been so much more productive in his young life than the ordeal he and his family were put through. What I find ironic is that his persecutors showed the exact quality which makes extreme abuse possible: a total lack of empathy for their victim.

  4. I have no sympathy for Kenny Glenn now known as [edited, name removed: if you want to continue punishing someone for a mistake committed in childhood for the rest of his life by revealing a name change, go do it on someone else’s blog – Nadia]. I could really care less if someone firebombed his house after watching that video.

    1. Please read my response to Steven Bilski, follow the link I provided him, and provide evidence of 4Chan’s actions against these abusers.

  5. Nadia I hope your cat runs away and NEVER comes back. You have lost your fucking mind if you think slapping the shit out of a cat is okay or that the person doing it should be forgiven without making apologies. That motherfucker is probably beating the hell out of Dusty as I type this.

    Keep talking slick and watch anonymous get ahold of YOUR contact information and publicize your collaborationist, apologist bullshit. See whose actions need defending then when you’re entire community knows about your dismissive feelings surrounding animal abuse.

    1. … … Yes. Yes, I’m really shaking at the thought of my whole community reading what I publish in an open blog, under my own name.

  6. So basically you’re standing up for those asswipes. And your reason? No bruises, no scars? Are you really that much of an idiot? The cat was slapped, beaten, slammed and shaken. He was scared out of his mind, you moron. Those bitches made that same “mistake” as you call it, with another cat named Peaches. Get your facts straight before you write anything on your blog for everyone to read

    1. “So basically you’re standing up for those asswipes.”
      No, basically I am pointing out that the punishment far exceeds the crime. I challenge you to quote any place I claimed what that child did was okay. I’ll spell out my argument in simple language for you:
      1. The child did something wrong.
      2. The punishment dished out by 4Chan totally exceeded the crime.
      3. The punishers turned into monsters themselves due to their actions and language.
      4. The punishers clearly don’t really give a shit for animals, or they’d use their vast powers to hound those who committed horrors to animals so unspeakable I can’t bring myself to yet again go find links to case descriptions. I provided those in a previous comment, no doubt you’re well capable of finding them.

      Is that clearer to you? Or should I draw pictures?

  7. Comments on this post are now closed.

    If you are outraged at my arguments, please see my reply to Steven Bilski. Follow the link, and provide evidence of 4Chan’s actions against the perpetrators of the abuse described. Until someone does, there is nothing more to say.

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