Police investigate another cruelty case

Published 11:01 pm Friday, June 10, 2011

Suffolk Police and Animal Control are investigating another incident of animal cruelty against a kitten.

Police received a call about 8 p.m. Thursday about a kitten in distress in the 100 block of Franklin Street, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

Officers arrived to find the cat shut in an apartment building’s hallway without food, water or air conditioning. Temperatures in Suffolk reached into the high 90s on Thursday.

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Officers took the cat to a veterinarian, who determined the cat had to be euthanized, George said. The veterinarian has since found the kitten had “some congenital issues,” George said.

Police have spoken with the owners of the cat, but no charges have been filed yet, she said. The investigation is continuing.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a stray kitten in the 900 block of Brook Avenue was thrown against a wall and beaten with a stick, allegedly by a 12-year-old boy. That kitten later died of its injuries. The preteen faces a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty, which could be upgraded to felony animal cruelty, depending upon the results of the necropsy.