TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Three children are facing felony animal abuse charges after allegedly tormenting a neighbor’s two kittens. Police tell us it happened Saturday afternoon. They received calls from eyewitnesses to the 2000th block of 4th Street East. The pet owner, Maggie Davis, tells us she saw the animal abuse take place, but she was not the person who called police.
“Throwing them up in the air, catching them, and those that they didn’t catch, they were hitting the ground,” Davis explains. “I told them, I said, don’t do my kittens like that, because you’ll hurt them and then they’re going to die.”
Investigators tell us the abuse actually went much further. “The reports were that they had been tossing the kittens high into the air, causing injuries to them,” says Lieutenant Brad Mason of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, “but that they also were kicking and punching the kittens, and that they had attempted to bury one of the kittens alive.”
Police took the three children, ages 12, 14, and 15, into custody Animal control took the two kittens. We’re told one of the animals had to be euthanized as a result of it’s injuries. The children have since been released on an appearance agreement.
Several neighbors, including Davis, say that the children don’t seem to be troublemakers. “They’re nice and friendly and everything,” Davis explains, “but they stay over there, and I stay over here.”
Another neighbor, Cornell Johnson, agrees. “They’re smart kids, they’re not bad kids.” Johnson says he wasn’t home at the time of the incident, but he pulled up in time to see his neighbor’s home swarmed by police and animal control.
“Some animals help kids in certain ways,” Johnson says, “but these little baby cats, [they] didn’t deserve it.”
Davis is keeping her other two kittens and dog close by her side. We asked what she thought about the children and their alleged behavior. She told us, “the devil rages in some mysterious places.”
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