[Warning: Graphic Content] Third suspect faces penalty for cat scalding case
The third and final suspect involved in the Moss Point cat abuse video was sentenced to 30 days in jail after changing her plea to guilty this morning. This story features content that may be disturbing to viewers.
The video of a cat being tortured to death with boiling water is something that will forever scar animal rights’ supporters. “I can’t get it out of my mind. I can’t unsee it. I can’t unsee it,” said animal rights activist Ilsa Carlile.
The group stood out in the rain until the doors opened to sit in on the sentencing of the final suspect in the Moss Point cat scalding case, Karmen Coleman. The other two suspects accused of pouring hot water on the caged cat, Laderrick and Larry Rostchild, are already behind bars for the crime. Coleman, who filmed the video, was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, pay $549 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.
Activist Doll Stanley has been following the case since December when the video, originally recorded on Snapchat, went viral. “Somebody that will do that to an innocent animal for entertainment, what in the world is wrong with them?”
Coleman changed her plea to guilty for rendering criminal assistance before receiving her sentence. “The judge is taken into consideration that she has children. I think it’s sad that she has children, they were at the house when the cat was scalded,” said Stanley.
“It was graphic, but people need to see what people do. People need to see what a human being is capable of,” said Carlile.
Now that all three suspects are sentenced, animal rights supporters hope the case moves our state one step closer to strengthening Mississippi’s animal cruelty laws. “Nothing is going to take away the suffering that the creature endured, but the case went really well,” said Stanley.