You have probably heard by now about the tragic case of Norman, the orange tabby who was killed by little known actor Joseph Petcka.
Petcka is on trial in New York after Norman was found dead in his caretaker's apartment with broken teeth, broken ribs, a broken leg, a torn tongue, massive internal injuries including bruised lungs, and a bruised liver and a chest cavity filled with blood.
He died a very painful death.
The 37-year old bit part actor who has bit roles in "Sex and the City" is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.
Norman was not the victim of cruelty to animals. He was the victim of Domestic Violence.
Norman was killed because Petcka believed that Lisa Altobelli loved Norman more than she loved him. This is probably the case, given the way this man acted. He left the broken body of Altobelli's beloved pet in the apartment for Altobelli to find. Aside from the physical abuse inflicted upon poor Norman, Altobelli was the target of psychological domestic violence, which is just as painful and devastating as were the injuries to Norman.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Norman may as well be the feline poster child for this cause.
I too have had my life touched by Domestic Violence. When I live with Loretta-Bean, her husband would become angry and belligerent. He would slap her and threaten her as well as threaten injury to me, although I hide under the bed when he get angry so I never get hurt.
But finally one night, he punch her and so she have to have the police to come and get him. It was then that she knew she had to move away because once he get out of jail he would come to kill her. So she move to live with her friend that have pit bull that could protect her, but I could not go because the pit bull would have savaged me.
So that how I come to be with my current bean. I was not happy at the time, because I very much love Loretta-bean, she very good to me, but I am now very happy in my current home and could not ask for a better place to live or a better companion.
My story have a happy ending, although maybe not so happy for Loretta-bean. But not all stories do as is the case of Norman.
To this day though, I remain afraid of many male humans, and will not go by them. Their voices frighten me.
While domestic violence is often the lot of women and their children in a relationship, there are cases where the man is focus of domestic violence. My bean has seen this first hand as one of her co-workers was in an abusive relationship. And of course, it occurs in same sex relationships as well.
The first Monday in October, This year it will be October 6th, is set aside as the Day of Unity against domestic violence. You can visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at the link I have provide above.
I have also created a badge which you may put on your website. The image is shown in large size above, but I have resize it to 200x200 pixels for use on your blog. Here is the code for the badge which you may cut and paste to place the badge on your blog.
<center><a href="http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth_134.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w45/manateeshockey/graphics/DVAtag_092608_200.jpg" alt="Domestic Violence Awareness badge" width="200" border="0" height="200" /></a></center>
I hope you will join me in helping raise awareness against Domestic Violence during the month of October. It is too late for Norman, but purrhaps we can stop this from happening to other animals, children, and humans.
If Petcka is convicted, he will face just two years in prison. This is not much punishment for ending the live of a kind and loving feline as Norman in such a cold and brutal way. As of Friday, the jury was still deadlocked after five days of deliberations.
There is a online petition you may sign asking the judge to give Petcka the maximum sentence. The goal is 1,000 signatures, they have just over 500 right now. Please consider helping by signing the petition as well. Thank you.