Sign: Despicable Teens Set Beloved Cat On Fire, Burned Her Alive

Published: August 10, 2023 at 04:56 AM Author: PENNY EIMS

Pensacola, FL – Several teens in a Pensacola neighborhood are accused of a despicable act of cruelty that claimed the life of a beloved cat fondly referred to as Little Friend. Neighborhood surveillance footage revealed the horrific details of the horrific July 16 incident; the teenagers circled the friendly, young cat, dousing her with gasoline and lighting her on fire.

The video footage is too graphic to share.

Little Friend

Little Friend was part of a colony of cats in the Montclair subdivision cared for by the Hayden family.

Colony of cats cared for by the Hayden family

The two-year-old cat was a favorite of Ashlee Hayden, her husband, Don, said, “That was pretty much my wife’s favorite cat. She called me bawling. She was persistent, walking around the neighborhood, trying to find video footage and trying to find out who did this.”

Don believes he knows who is behind the sadistic act, telling Newsweek, “There were between five and seven teenagers, apparently one of them is as young as 11-years-old. They are very bad kids.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s office is investigating. Animal Victory spoke with someone in the Special Victims Unit and learned that the case number is ECSO-23-OFF-013-223. There are two named suspects in the case, but the authorities are unwilling to provide the names. There is one charge of Felony Animal Cruelty.

If you are horrified by what these teenagers did, please add your name to the petition to help Animal Victory hold the authorities accountable for following through with this animal cruelty investigation. Those involved MUST be charged and sentenced for what they did to Little Friend!

Watch a news clip about Little Friend’s killing here.

We the undersigned demand that the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office conduct a thorough investigation into this despicable crime and charge each and every person involved. We, and our supporters, want to see these sadistic individuals held accountable for torturing and killing Little Friend. What they did to this innocent cat is beyond comprehension and they must be punished severely enough to prevent them from ever harming another living being. 

Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.




Update 12/12/2023: Animal Victory has learned of an unexpected twist in this case. This week, our court investigator received a call back from Sgt. Preston of the Escambia County Investigations Department. This case was investigated, not only by the Escambia County Sheriff’s office but also, with collaboration from the State investigator. The authorities obtained a video showing that the cat in question was hit by a car. After speaking to the suspects involved in setting the animal on fire, the suspects “confirmed” that the cat was “already dead” when they set the animal on fire. Because the investigators could not confirm if the cat was dead or alive after being hit by the car, they moved the case to “inactive” rather than “closed.” If new evidence emerges, the case will be reopened. If nothing new is presented, the case will close after a certain period. Animal Victory will reactivate this petition when and if the authorities reopen their investigation. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition. 

Update 9/4/2023: Animal Victory has sent the petition to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

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190 Bruce C. Their evil hands should be burned off and they should never be allowed near animals or children again! Dec 12, 2023
189 Donna O. Dec 11, 2023
188 Sherri H. Please prosecute to the maximum! Dec 11, 2023
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184 Diane A. Put their asses in jail and let them rot till the die Dec 09, 2023
183 Elizabeth T. Anyone capable of doing something so heinous belongs behind bars for life. Dec 09, 2023
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141 Mia K. If the prosecutor doesn't charge them to the fullest extent they need fired. Nov 14, 2023