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Justice for Tinkerbelle

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We all know people who torture animals usually end up killing humans. Tinkerbelle was a living cat , able to feel pain. She did not deserve to die a horrible and painful death at the hands of this teenager. Please read the attached article below:


Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 3:33 pm | Updated: 11:27 am, Sun Sep 11, 2011.

Houston Herald 

A Cabool teen was ordered to trial Monday in connection with a cat burning incident.

Collin J. Beesler, 17, 704 First Street Cabool MO is to appear Sept. 6 for formal arraignment in Texas County Circuit Court.

Beesler is charged with animal abuse/torture/mutilation while the animal was alive. The incident occurred in late June.

The cat, Tinkerbell, died last month due to infection caused by burns over most of her body. The case drew much publicity and sparked the creation of a Facebook page that drew comments from across the country.

Beesler is free on $75,000 signature bond, is under house arrest and curfew. Another teen was referred to juvenile authorities.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 2:57 pm | Updated: 11:27 am, Sun Sep 11, 2011.



Dr. Steven Root said Tinkerbell's body basically shut down, unable to fight off massive infection resulting from her burn injuries and subsequent extensive skin loss.

"The infection went septic and caused her to go into multi-organ system failure," Root said. "The infection was just too much for her little body to fight."

Before her death, Tinkerbell's situation had worsened to the point that she had been put on IVs and was being tube-fed.

"Though all of this, I never once suggested putting her down because she kept such a positive attitude," Root said. "It got to be where 80 to 90 percent of her body was open wound.

"You hate to lose her, but she's not suffering now and that's all a person can say that's good about it."

On a Facebook page called "Justice for Tinkerbell" that was set up by The Animal Shelter of Texas County, comments from people all over the United States had been posted since the cat's story became public, including ones from California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Utah.

A few concerned individuals even donated to a fund to cover Tinkerbell's medical bills, including a young local girl who contributed her "Tooth Fairy money" of $1 to the cause.

Shelter President Rita Romines said Tinkerbell's body would be cremated and a garden complete with a gravestone would be created in her honor on the shelter grounds.

One person is charged in the Tinkerbell case, the cat who was set on fire last month and died Monday.

Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Anderson filed felony charges Thursday against Collin J. Beesler, 17, of 704 First St. in Cabool.

As a result of his alleged involvement in a late June incident in which Tinkerbell, a young female cat was intentionally set on fire in Cabool, Beesler is charged with animal abuse/torture/mutilation while animal was alive - persistent offender, a felony. He is being held in the Texas County Jail. Bond was set at $75,000, according to online court documents.

A complaint filed with the Texas County Associate Circuit Court indicates that Beesler purposely set the cat on fire using lighter fluid on June 21 at about 10:15 p.m. A probable cause statement issued by the Cabool Police Department indicates that a juvenile male was also involved, and that Beesler told investigators he held Tinkerbell while the juvenile sprayed lighter fluid on her and then set the cat on the ground before the accomplice lit the fire. Cabool authorities said Friday that the juvenile suspect, who is reportedly 16, has been referred to juvenile authorities. The police statement said Beesler was arrested on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Tinkerbell died Monday due to extensive infection caused by burns over most of her body.


EARLIER: The saga of Tinkerbell, the small, young female cat that was intentionally burned in a late June incident in Cabool, ended at about noon Monday when she died at Texas County Veterinary Clinic in Houston.

MORE NEWS!  A teen has been certified to stand trial in the death of a Cabool cat that was burned alive.


Dalton C. Harrison, of 805 Cedar St. in Cabool, faces felony animal abuse charges for his role in the June burning of a small female cat in Cabool.

Harrison, who was born in 1994 and was 16 at the time of the incident, and 17-year-old Collin J. Beesler of Cabool, were arrested by Cabool Police on June 21 after the young feline, named Tinkerbell, was burned alive.

Beesler was charged on Aug. 8, while Harrison's case was sent to the juvenile system.

Texas County prosecuting attorney Mike Anderson filed charges against Harrison on Monday, and a warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday.

Beesler has been under house arrest since being charged. His pre-trial conference is set for 9 a.m., Nov. 8 at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston, and his jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

Both of those proceedings will be overseen by 25th Circuit Court Judge Mary Sheffield.

Tinkerbell died July 18 of internal infection that resulted from the burns she sustained over most of her body. The case drew nationwide attention on websites.


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