WILKES-BARRE — A Sweet Valley woman just days away from completing a sentence relating to piercing the ears of kittens and marketing them as “Gothic kittens” will serve 90 more days on probation, a judge said Monday.
Holly Crawford, 38, of Dobson Road, appeared in Luzerne County Court on allegations she violated the terms of her probation by filing to show up for three meetings with probation officers.
Crawford was convicted by a jury of cruelty to animals for piercing the kittens’ ears and docking their tails in April 2010 and later sentenced to one year in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program.
Crawford’s sentence had been extended due to previous violations, including testing positive for marijuana and alcohol. As part of her new sentence, Crawford was to complete a program at the county’s Day Reporting Center, where she was scheduled for meetings.
On Monday, Crawford said she didn’t show up for three meetings in early August because she had car trouble.
She tried to have the issues resolved, she said, but could not make it to her meetings — the last three before her sentence was complete. She said she didn’t have access to another vehicle and she has been suffering from serious health issues.
Assistant District Attorney Matt Muchler said he was concerned with Crawford’s actions, noting it was “suspicious” the car troubles arouse during the last few days of her sentence.
“I think … she’s getting lazy and didn’t want to show up,” Muchler said.
Crawford’s attorney, Jonathan Blum, said his client is eager to finish her sentence and wants to put the past three years behind her.
Judge Tina Polachek Gartley said she was concerned about future transportation problems and wondered why Crawford didn’t just finish out her sentence.
“This needs to be finished,” Polachek Gartley said. “The only one who can finish it is you.”
Polachek Gartley gave Crawford an additional 90 days probation to be served with the Day Reporting Center.