WARNING! – The story contains graphic details. Reader discretion is advised!
- Indiana, USA -
On Wednesday, July 15, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the arrest of 19-year-old KRYSTAL CHERIKA SCOTT (pictured below).
According to the press release from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Southern District of Indiana Attorney’s Office, beginning at least on or about May 3, 2020, and continuing until at least July 8, 2020, SCOTT began posting images and videos over various social media platforms, that depicted her torturing and graphically killing cats and dogs by hanging, skinning and other means.
SCOTT allegedly obtained the animals, in part, by responding to online ads from people seeking to give away their unwanted pets for adoption.
Concerned citizens who came across the videos and the images gathered the evidence and sent it to authorities for investigation.
On June 16, the Boise, Idaho Police Department received information from some of those concerned citizens, and immediately launched an investigation.
After reviewing the material, the officers concluded that the evidence constituted “animal crush videos,” which is a federal violation.
On June 18, the Boise Police Department contacted the FBI.
At that point the FBI began working to identify the perpetrator.
The FBI learned that the Kokomo Police Department had received complaints regarding SCOTT in May and June.
The Department told the FBI that they contacted SCOTT, and that they were not aware of the other investigations.
At that point multiple agencies came together to work on the investigation.
While SCOTT continued to post images of dead animals on Instagram and Tik-Tok as late as July 8, a search warrant was finally approved on July 9.
The Honorable Doris L. Pryor, Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Indiana, approved the execution of search warrants seeking additional evidence from SCOTT’s person, residence, and vehicles, as well as the search and seizure of evidence obtained by the Kokomo Police Department.
On Tuesday, July 14, special agents of the FBI and other law enforcement officers executed the warrants for SCOTT’s home in the 2000 block of S.300 W.
During the search, the FBI recovered numerous animal parts and skulls that were consistent with the size of cats and dogs.
Agents also discovered approximately three live dogs, twelve live cats, and several lizards.
The FBI recovered and seized the cellular phone used to produce and distribute the animal crushing videos, and a full forensic analysis of the phone is currently underway.
SCOTT was charged with two counts of Making and Distributing Animal Crush Videos.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Preston who is prosecuting this case for the government, KRYSTAL CHERIKA SCOTT, if convicted, faces up to 7 years’ imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Special Agent in Charge Paul Haertel of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office said: “This case is an outstanding example of society’s intolerance to animal cruelty and the public’s willingness to do the right thing. Tips poured in from all over the world, assisting in an intense and technically complex investigation to find the alleged perpetrator and put a stop to the senseless and horrific abuse of innocent animals.”
Josh J. Minkler said: “As decent human beings, we have a great responsibility to protect and have compassion for the animals that inhabit this earth. It is unconscionable to think that any human being could possible bring themselves to such acts upon an animal. We cannot allow this behavior in a decent and moral society. That is why Ms. Scott must face the consequences of her choices.”
PLEASE MR. MINKLER TELL IT TO THE JUDGE WHO WILL TRY THIS WORTHLESS BEING!!!
Voice For Us note: I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all the netizens that worked together to track down this poor excuse of a human being and that did the right thing by alerting the authorities.
This is an important message to animal abusers, we are here to stop you!!!