Brave Boy Lauded For Rescuing Abused Cat From Group Of Bullies

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Yesterday I shared a story on Facebook about a 10-year-old Manteo, North Carolina boy named Wendell Overton who received praise from the Outer Banks SPCA after saving a stray cat who was being tortured by a group of bullies.


Overton, who had already been watching out for the black and white kitty around the neighborhood, courageously stepped in when he encountered three youngsters, some as young as five, throwing the cat in the air, running him over with their bikes, and squirting energy drinks in his face.

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Wendell bravely stopped the attack, and brought the ailing feline home to his mother, where the pair took the injured kitty to Roanoke Island Animal Clinic for treatment. The cat, named Jackson, suffered cuts to his paws and nose, but is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently resting comfortably at the Outer Banks SPCA, where he is waiting to be adopted.

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The story has gained national attention thanks to social media, where the original post has amassed nearly 4,000 likes and hundreds of comments and shares. Last night, WVEC News interviewed Wendell and his mother, Julia, who fought back tears while talking about her son's bravery.

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No charges are being filed against the youngsters guilty of the abuse (presumably because of their ages, which are reported to be between 5 and 13), although SPCA officials went to their school, and talked to their parents.

I strive to post only positive stories on Catsparella, but in my quest to find new content, it's alarming how many incidents like this come I come across, that don't always have such a happy ending. I think this story teaches us a lot about the need to educate children at a young age about having compassion for animals, and the importance of recognizing and addressing abusive behavior when it starts.

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Jacquelyn Valladares

Wendell is a hero, this made my day! God bless him and his beautiful mama and their hearts of gold.

March 16 2013 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Solveig Pietzsch

Yeah, great idea! Beat those nasty little kids off and treat them as the criminals they are so that they learn to behave properly and don't let a weaker creature suffer for their bad feelings anymore... Anybody noticing anything? I'm not defending what they did, for I absolutely disdain animal abuse, but how comes that a five-year-old has so much cruelty in him to do something like that? Children copy what they see and experience. That's all I'm saying. Great job, Wendell! I wished there would be more like you!

March 16 2013 at 6:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jelliclecat01

Those little hooligans need to have their butts whipped soundly and be forced to go to an animal shelter and help clean up as well as be forced to watch sick and hurt cats be taken care of. And Shame on the "Parents" for raising such disgusting evil hooligans!

March 15 2013 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jelliclecat01

THose little bastards should have their butts beaten soundly...they should also be made to go to a local animal shelter and help out! and shame on the "Parents" for bringing up these nasty little hooligans...

March 15 2013 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GarColga

Wendell, you are a mighty buckaroo! Good job lad.

March 15 2013 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hannah Schwartz

Not charged because of their ages? Great. Their parents will dismiss this as a "he didn't know, he was young." Next year, the kid will abuse a dog, but their parents will say "boys will be boys." After that, they'll start a fight at school but, "you know how kids are." Then he'll march into a high school with a backpack full of weapons and take out half the student body and these same parents will be shaking their heads saying, "if only there had been some sort of sign that our child was troubled."

March 15 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sally

The charges should have gone to the parents who raised such unfeeling little monsters. And also questions as to why their 5 year olds were unsupervised by adults. When these little monsters are in prison in a few years and the parents are saying where did we go wrong, I hope someone will send them this article.

March 15 2013 at 6:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sally

Perhaps the charges should have gone to the parents who raised such unfeeling little monsters.

March 15 2013 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2horseygirls

One only has to visit www.nationallinkcoalition.org to see 30 years of proof that these boys ABSOLUTELY *SHOULD* be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent of the law. Let's address the situation now so we don't see them in 10 years for domestic abuse, 15 years for child abuse and 30 years for elder abuse. If the judiciary, state's attorneys and law enforcement took animal abuse more seriously, at least half the "frequent flyers" in our court systems would have been diverted out of the court system at a much younger age.

March 15 2013 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maryann

Wendall you are a true Hero! What a Brave thing to do....I would hope there were some consequences for those bullies.

March 15 2013 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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