Mom Arrested for Throwing Her Kids' Pet Kitten Off Balcony (VIDEO)

There are so many ways to emotionally abuse a child, and one of the most horrific ways is to abuse their beloved pets in front of them. A woman in Phoenix has been arrested for throwing her kids' kitten off a third-story balcony, killing it. Neighbors say they heard the woman, Patricia Gaffin, yelling at her kids, and the kids screaming, before they saw her toss the tiny kitten off the balcony. She has been charged with animal cruelty.

According to court documents, Gaffin admitted throwing the kitten off the balcony because it peed on her carpet. Said a neighbor:

This lady was screaming at her kids. She was threatening them and then all of the sudden she threw this 2-week-old cat off the third-story balcony because it peed on her.

At her initial court appearance, the woman said it was an accident (a kitten accidentally thrown off a balcony?). So we need to say innocent until proven guilty for now. But if proven guilty, this woman needs to be looked into for how she is parenting these children. There is a noted link between animal abusers and those who abuse children.

A more helpless and gut-wrenching feeling I can't imagine if you're a kid, to witness such heartless cruelty. Additionally, if it happened this way, what exactly is she teaching her children?

There is absolutely no excuse for killing a pet, ever. But kittens often aren't totally litter trained yet. Some little kittens can't hold their pee if the litter box is far away. It would have learned quickly though.

This story disgusts me. Not only what the kitten went through, but what those kids may have allegedly gone through, seeing that. If it happened, they will be traumatized for a very long time.

Kudos to the neighbor who got involved and called 911.

Do you think a parent who does this should have their children taken away?

Editor's note: The kitten's age was only an estimate by a neighbor.

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can_c... can_can21

I hope her kids are taken away from her and she gets this on her public record. I would also recommend tatooing "kitten killer" on her forehead. Heaven forbid, if one of her kids had an accident, would she do the same?

Saras... Sarasahmof3

If she is able to throw a kitten out the window for an accident. What on God's green earth is she capable of doing to those kids?

iicar... iicarmerin

My first thought was, "Thank God it was only the kitten and not one of the children." This is such a sad story.

Harpe... Harperlaciesmon

If you harm an animal you are a very sick pyschotic individual and don't deserve children or pets .. ever.

Lisa Mariino

What a lowlife, classless, pos!!!!!! I would like to throw her off a balcony

Samal... Samalama319

A two week old kitten likely isn't litter trained yet. I don't think my 8 week old kitten is litter trained yet (I will be doing that when I bring her home). My dog wasn't even "walking" at two weeks, she just dragged herself to her momma and ate and slept all day.

nonmember avatar campbell7179

Sick! Absolutely sick! A two week old kitten would of been taken care of by the mommy cat. At that age, they barely pee. She just maliciously killed that poor thing. What a hateful bitch. I hope she dies in a fire.

Jozemom Jozemom

Kitten pee is an eye drop of liquid, so if that enraged her what would she be capable of doing to a child that puked on her or had diarrhea in his pants? Clearly this woman lacks impulse control and is not capable of caring for any living creature, much less children.

nonmember avatar Emma

Those poor children had to see mom throw their kitten out the window how crewel can someone be that poor kitten. And in the future I hope she gets her kids taken away sick

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