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

Published: August 10, 2023 at 04:56 PM 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 9/4/2023: Animal Victory has sent the petition to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Despicable Teens Set Beloved Cat On Fire, Burned Her Alive

20,110 signatures = 101% of goal


20,110 Meg Feltes Oct 04, 2023
20,109 Casey Valentine Oct 03, 2023
20,108 Stephanie Schultz Oct 03, 2023
20,107 Sylvie MALLEVAL Oct 03, 2023
20,106 Pamela Voorhees Sickening and disturbing. They’ll probably do it again if not punished severely. That poor kitty was painfully tortured and killed. Send a message and remove any animals from those ‘kids’’ homes. Oct 01, 2023
20,105 Laura Etter Oct 01, 2023
20,104 Natalie Stocks Sep 30, 2023
20,103 Linda Gruber These kids should be tried, convicted and put away. This is so horrible and to think that teens did this. They should be set on fire and see how they like it! Sep 30, 2023
20,102 Sherrie Darce Sep 30, 2023
20,101 Michele Pierce Sep 29, 2023
20,100Anonymous Sep 29, 2023
20,099 Doug Bauer Sep 28, 2023
20,098 Laurence Berger Sep 28, 2023
20,097 Monique Trujillo Omg that just makes me so sad! Poor kitty Rest in paradise, little kitty! Sep 27, 2023
20,096 Monique Barela This is sick! I hope those boys get put in jail and get tortured themselves! Sep 27, 2023
20,095 Erika Cseh Sep 27, 2023
20,094 Ashley Kng Sep 27, 2023
20,093 Kirsten Hiett Sep 27, 2023
20,092 Kevin Lundy Prosecute to full extent of law Sep 26, 2023
20,091 maureen Bobb Sep 25, 2023
20,090 Ann Reilly Sep 24, 2023
20,089 Joseph Valencia I want these kids to fucking DIE!!!!! ill kill the sons of bitches myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worthless parents too Sep 24, 2023
20,088Anonymous Sep 24, 2023
20,087 Angela M Sep 24, 2023
20,086 Susan W Sep 24, 2023
20,085 Susan M Sep 24, 2023
20,084Anonymous Sep 24, 2023
20,083 PJ Keegan Sep 24, 2023
20,082 Maria S Sep 24, 2023
20,081 Dr. Edmund Gergerian Sep 24, 2023