A transgender sex-worker has been charged with killing four kittens over the course of seven months, three of which she threw or bashed against a wall. Although her family claims she is mentally unstable as a result of her hormone therapy, there is no excuse for these deplorable crimes. She is awaiting a pretrial hearing in Macon County Circuit Court in early April.

Check it out per the Herald & Review:

Elaina M. Chamblin has previously pleaded not guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 4 felony. She is charged with the deaths of four kittens from May to November, three of them by throwing or bashing them against a wall, police said in a sworn affidavit.

Chamblin’s boyfriend and parents told police that she has had “violent mood swings” since she started injecting herself with hormones as part of a gender transition, according to the affidavit.

Chamblin was not present in court Monday, but was represented by defense attorney James Brinkoetter Jr., who said he could not comment on a pending case. Chamblin is free on $5,000 bail with the condition she has “no contact with any animal.”

Here’s more from Dreamin Demon:

The affidavit also said Chamblin told her boyfriend that she had killed a fourth kitten while sitting in a car and disposed of its body in November. Decatur police Officer Robert Murray said the other three kittens were killed between May and October.

Chamblin’s boyfriend said her attacks on the animals began in May when she took her first dose of hormones prescribed by a Chicago clinic, according to the affidavit. He said he saw her throw the first kitten against a wall in the garage because she “got mad,” and he saw her kill the others by bashing their heads against a wall. The boyfriend said he tried to stop her all three times, but wasn’t sure what to do. 

Chamblin’s parents said they were told the kittens died in accidents, Murray said. “(They) admitted they had to bury three kittens which they were advised were either hit by a car or stepped on by one of their dogs,” he wrote in the affidavit.

This is inexcusable. She should receive the harshest penalty available under the law and be prohibited from owning any animals in the future. It would also be prudent to investigate some of the side effects of the hormone therapy her family claims played a role.

Should she be thrown in prison for this?