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Teen Boys Face Felony Charges For Drowning Newborn Kittens

Teen Boys Face Felony Charges For Drowning Newborn Kittens

Two newborn kittens lived in this world for only 48 hours, but their presence is making history in Nevada. The siblings were stolen from their mother by two 16-year-old boys who cruelly drowned them in a cup of water. In the first case of its kind, the teens were charged with felony animal cruelty and will be tried under a new stricter law enacted in 2011.

The sad crime would have gone unnoticed if Christine Ohm hadn’t heard animals crying and boys laughing in her neighbor’s yard, while she was cleaning her pool. She ran and got a ladder and looked over the fence.

“I saw they had drowned one kitten in a cup of water,” said Ohm. “The other was in the water and dead, but the boys were still holding it down.” The teens used a barbecue utensil to keep the kittens underwater.

Horrified at what she saw, Ohm took pictures of the scene with her phone and called Las Vegas police for help. The boys were charged with felony cruelty and are being held in custody.

The teens, whose names are being withheld because they are juveniles, are the first people in the state to face felony animal cruelty charges for a first offense since a stricter law was enacted in 2011. Cooney’s Law was passed to protect animals after a beagle was brutally mutilated by its owner. Prior to the law, a person had to commit three acts of animal abuse before being charged with a felony crime.

Thomas Ericsson, one of the teenager’s lawyers argued in court, “As I’m sure you’re aware, Las Vegas euthanizes thousands and thousands and thousands of feral and pet cats because people aren’t spaying and neutering them. I’m not justifying the conduct, but this wasn’t violence against other people; it was inappropriate conduct involving the animals.”

The judge didn’t buy the argument, calling it “outright cruelty.” The charges send a strong message that times have changed in Nevada and animal abuse will not be tolerated.

 

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6:02AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

thank you for posting

1:59PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

FELONY CHARGES FOR EVERY PERSON NO MATTER AGE FOR ANIMAL ABUSE.. MURDERER.. YOUR PARENTS SHOULD BE HIDING AND MOVING AWAY TO ANOTHER PLANET

11:20AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

How were these criminals brought up???? I wonder.....
These boys should be punished very severely, so they will
never forget what they have done! Besides, this cruelty is appalling
and disgusting. What have these newborn kittens done to deserve
this??? Just because they were born? These criminals were born too some time ago.......These guys make one sick and so totally angry, that one would like to beat the living daylight out of them....

3:39PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

The parents and the educational system are not blameless. We do not include a class called "Life Lessons" which at an early age should include animals and how they also bring and do good things for and in our society. They should have been taught by the parents not
to take advantage of any human being or animal that is defenseless. These boys, if they had the opportunity, probably would kill a young child for the fun of it. The parents should share in a punishment. Be fined or have their child taken away as these boys are a danger to society.

6:49PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Thank you Judge!

3:56PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Disgusting.

7:19AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

They should be drowned we don't need scum like them on this planet - I would rather have the kittens.

3:24PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

We need to make an example of these boys that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated. Period.

8:44PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

I believe that any "human" who does harm to animals should be severely punished. What these guys did is truly sadistic, brutal and extremely cruel. There is nothing that can be done to punish them that would be sufficient for their horrible act and if I had the final say so, I would stick their heads in a pail of wet cement until they died. This is absolutely sickening and heartbreaking. Those poor animals.

1:59PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Christine, well done! If more people would stand up for animals when they witness things maybe officials would take a greater strides to pursue and punish people who abuse and neglect. Good job to the judge as well. How can the lawyer say "it was inappropriate conduct involving animals?" Really, get real Erricson and study some facts about how many kids who abuse animals go on to harm people. These teens need real help and you are not qualified to help them, get them a psychologist.

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