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Pet Cat Tortured To Death By Sadistic 13-Year-Old Boy

Published: July 22, 2021 at 04:59 AM Author: Penny Eims

Marion County, Florida – In July, a pet cat in Marion County, Florida, was tortured to death by a sadistic 13-year-old boy. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office identifies James William Basener as the teen responsible for the death of his neighbor’s cat.

The authorities detailed the horrible abuse this cat endured before finally dying. Because of the cruel nature of the crime, Basener was charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty, which is a felony offense, and Petit Theft. Please sign the petition to ensure that Basener is punished for his reprehensible behavior!

The details of what James William Basener did to his neighbor’s cat reveal his depravity. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office released the torture the cat endured before dying, as detailed by Basener himself. In an interview, Basener recounted to the authorities what he did to the cat that he captured:

He saw a cat in the neighborhood and brought it back to his home. Basener placed the cat in a trashcan and kept it trapped there for several days. A few days later, he used a pole to strike the cat inside the can and left it trapped. On July 13, Basener attempted to stab the animal and it bit him. At this point, he stuffed the cat in a garbage bag and started slamming it against the pavement.

The cat was able to escape from the bag, but Basener recaptured it by the tail, slammed it on the pavement and blood began to flow from its mouth. After the cat was deceased, Basener then proceeded to throw the animal into the yard of a nearby home, where he believed dogs would further mangle the body.

Deputy Gomez examined the deceased animal and its injuries were consistent with Basener’s account of events. The teen was arrested and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice, and then released to his parents after he was processed.

There is a well-known link between violence towards animals and violence towards humans. From Psychology Today:

Since the 1970s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles.

And the National Link Coalition states:

It is well known that abuse is often cyclical and that the only way to stop the cycle is intervention; the earlier the intervention the higher rate of success.

If Basener does not get a full mental evaluation, and treatment, he will reoffend. We are petitioning the court to ensure that this teen does not slip through the cracks with nothing more than a slap on the hand. We want Basener to be sent to juvenile detention for the maximum allowable time under law. He needs to be stopped now, and we need YOUR help to make it happen. Please sign today!


Ocala Post

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Press Release (on Facebook)

Petition letter


Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Update 8/26/2021: A member of the Animal Victory team has spoken to the owner of the cat, whose name was Tonka. We are told that the cat was a truly loved member of the family. Tonka’s owner has not seen the teen since he was released to his parents. Tonka’s owner tells Animal Victory that she does not believe this is the first time that he has hurt an animal.

Update 8/5/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the family was ordered to relinquish custody of all other pets in the home. It is unclear if this is a permanent order or temporary.


Pet Cat Tortured To Death By Sadistic 13-Year-Old Boy

4,159 signatures = 28% of goal


4,159 Sherrie Darce Sep 30, 2023
4,158 Sally Wood Old enough to take full responsibility for this. Full life ban from all contact with any animal for any purpose. And might be a good idea to sterilise this little runt too, as he will be beating his kids to death some day, better to avert that one before it happens! Sep 25, 2023
4,157 karen Wible Sep 20, 2023
4,156 Nina Carey Sep 16, 2023
4,155 Ruth Tonkin Please stop these mentally ill monsters that hurt animals!!! Sep 12, 2023
4,154 Fiona Herriot Sep 12, 2023
4,153 Bassam Imam Aug 30, 2023
4,152Anonymous Aug 28, 2023
4,151 John Markham Aug 03, 2023
4,150 Linda DeBoer Jul 25, 2023
4,149 Dr Tracey Reed B.V.M.S. Jul 24, 2023
4,148 Jason Cuevas Jul 16, 2023
4,147 Deborah Smith Jul 14, 2023
4,146 Kim Marchant Straight to jail for life Jul 13, 2023
4,145 Gina Badami Jul 08, 2023
4,144 Alison Yee Jul 02, 2023
4,143 Vera Krasnovskaya Jun 27, 2023
4,142 Thersia Reyneke This piece of rubbish should go to jail never mind A Juvenile Facility! He knows how to torture and inflict unimaginable cruelty and pain to innocent animals and therefore can and should be held accountable! this is the type of rubbish that will eventually torture and kill younger kids if he has not already done it! Jun 24, 2023
4,141 Nancy Stephan Jun 23, 2023
4,140 Quade Prescott Jun 04, 2023
4,139 Stefany Rojas May 19, 2023
4,138 Samantha Ashe May 12, 2023
4,137 Samantha Ashe May 10, 2023
4,136 Shelley Smith May 06, 2023
4,135 Krista Sanders May 01, 2023
4,134 Kathy Hamilton May 01, 2023
4,133 Christina Lander Apr 28, 2023
4,132 Alisha Adams Apr 27, 2023
4,131 Donna Blankenship It's a damn shame! Apr 26, 2023
4,130 Renee Lash Apr 15, 2023