The details of what James William Basener did to his neighbor's cat reveal his depravity. The Marion County Sheriff's Office released the torture the cat endured before dying, as detailed by Basener himself. In an interview, Basener recounted to the authorities what he did to the cat that he captured:
He saw a cat in the neighborhood and brought it back to his home. Basener placed the cat in a trashcan and kept it trapped there for several days. A few days later, he used a pole to strike the cat inside the can and left it trapped. On July 13, Basener attempted to stab the animal and it bit him. At this point, he stuffed the cat in a garbage bag and started slamming it against the pavement.
The cat was able to escape from the bag, but Basener recaptured it by the tail, slammed it on the pavement and blood began to flow from its mouth. After the cat was deceased, Basener then proceeded to throw the animal into the yard of a nearby home, where he believed dogs would further mangle the body.
Deputy Gomez examined the deceased animal and its injuries were consistent with Basener’s account of events. The teen was arrested and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice, and then released to his parents after he was processed.
There is a well-known link between violence towards animals and violence towards humans. From Psychology Today:
Since the 1970s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles.
And the National Link Coalition states:
It is well known that abuse is often cyclical and that the only way to stop the cycle is intervention; the earlier the intervention the higher rate of success.
If Basener does not get a full mental evaluation, and treatment, he will reoffend. We are petitioning the court to ensure that this teen does not slip through the cracks with nothing more than a slap on the hand. We want Basener to be sent to juvenile detention for the maximum allowable time under law. He needs to be stopped now, and we need YOUR help to make it happen. Please sign today!
Marion County Sheriff's Office Press Release (on Facebook)