Despite boasting headliners like Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Alabama and Kacey Musgraves, the country music festival is instead being remembered for the cruel mistreatment of an animal on site. A kitten was removed from event's campground and taken to a nearby veterinary clinic, after allegedly being set on fire.
According to TM's Veterinary Clinic in Lumsden, SK, where the feline small cat was treated, "drunken individuals were drenching it in alcohol and then lighting it on fire."
The RCMP is currently investigating the situation and potentially preparing to lay charges of animal cruelty, and the Craven Country Jamboree has since posted a photo of the kitten in recovery.
Hello Craven fans, we understand that there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the incredibly unfortunate incident with the kitten last night. We will release an official statement from the festival in the next hour, but until then, we wanted everyone to see a photo of the kitten to put some perspective on the discussion. Please stay tuned for the official statement from the Craven Country Jamboree
Festival spokeswoman Kim Blevins told CBC that the man suspected in the incident was immediately kicked out of the festival. "We're extremely disappointed that one of our fans would stoop so low," she said. "I think it was someone that made an incredibly bad decision. We don't condone any sort of violence against people or animals."
Additionally, organizers have since released an official video statement condemning the act, which features hosts and performers Bruce Williams and Terry Ree. The message also reveals that the kitten has since been renamed Jamboree, made the festival's official mascot and been adopted by a staff member. Watch the entire message below.