Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Burying Kitten Alive

Johnny Mack Rogers will face a felony charge in court on September 20
The six-week-old kitten was dubbed Warrior by the local animal shelter (Photo: Facebook)

29-year-old Johnny Mack Rogers of Erwin, North Carolina has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly drunkenly burying a kitten alive.

Buried alive

According to one report, the kitten had been trampled on and then buried alive during a night of drinking at Rogers' home.

Later, the kitten was brought to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.

The shelter informed police and brought the kitten to a veterinarian for treatment - who said chances of survival were slim.

The aggravated animal cruelty charge faced by Rogers is a felony


Dubbed Warrior, the six-week-old animal was covered it dirt and blood when upon arrival at the veterinary clinic.

Warrior's injuries ultimately resulted in death.

'Not acceptable'

An impassioned Facebook post from the shelter informed followers of Rogers' court date. 

Noting that he's up against a felony charge, it read: "Mark your calendars. I want hundreds of people there.

"We need to show that this is not acceptable behavior in our community and in society."

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