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"Gothic Kittens" Cruelty Case: Seller Holly Crawford Wants to Groom Pets Again

"Gothic Kitty" (CBS/WFOR)
"Gothic Kittens" Cruelty Case: Seller Wants to Groom Pets Again
"Gothic Kitty" (CBS/WFOR)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (CBS/AP) Holly Crawford, the northeastern Pennsylvania woman who pierced kitty cats with a 14-gauge needle and tried selling them as "gothic kittens" online, wants to reopen her pet grooming business.

Animal welfare workers seized three kittens and a cat from Crawford's Ross Township home in 2008 after she posted the online ads.

Crawford was sentenced to six months of house arrest earlier this year on animal cruelty charges.

On Wednesday she asked a county judge to relax her probation so she can reopen her grooming shop, Pawside Parlor, according to The Citizens' Voice newspaper.

Prosecutors did not oppose Crawford's request, saying she has met the requirements of her probation thus far.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley did not immediately rule on the request.