11-Year-Old Boys Placed On House Arrest For Stoning Kittens

This is one of those stories that will make you shake your head in disbelief and test your level of empathy for others. Two 11-year-old boys in Las Vegas, are on house arrest after being charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. Their confinement includes a GPS to monitor their every move until their next court hearing. The boys are accused of throwing rocks at a cat as she gave birth and stoning to death each of her six newborn kittens.

Judge William Voy, who presided over the boy’s first court appearance, reported that in the nine years he has served on the bench, “he has never seen something like this.”

The boys, whose identities are not being released due to their age, were booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center after an extensive investigation was completed by both the police and animal control.

The crime was reported at the apartment complex where the boys live when residents started to wonder why the kids were throwing stones against a building. Investigators later determined the boys were stoning a mother cat while she was giving birth and continued to throw rocks at each of her kittens as they were born.

The kittens were rushed to a local veterinary hospital by animal control officers.  By that time, the mother cat had run off and there is no news about her health.

“A total of six came to us,” said Haven Animal Hospital Vet Technician Patrick Harp. “Two of them were actually deceased on arrival. Another one we had to put down shortly after it got here.”¯ Later the remaining kittens died of their injuries.

In court, attorneys for the two boys did not admit any fault and pointed to a psychological test taken by each child which showed both to be at “low-risk” for animal abuse. The lawyer also pointed out that neither boy has a history of delinquency.

Gina Greisen from Nevada Voters for Animals and author of Cooney’s Law which makes the intentional killing of an animal a felony in the state, was surprised when she saw the boys in person. “One kid, his face was so angelic looking, I was really shocked that they could do this,” she said.

If convicted of the heinous crime, the boys will face a maximum of 30 days in detention.

The ordeal has left animal lovers reeling over the senseless death and asking how two young boys could be so cruel to innocent animals. An article written by Dr. Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D. and printed in “Psychology Today,” addressed the subject.

Since the 1970′s, research has consistently reported childhood cruelty to animals as the first warning sign of later delinquency, violence, and criminal behavior. In fact, nearly all violent crime perpetrators have a history of animal cruelty in their profiles. Albert deSalvo, the Boston Strangler found guilty of killing 13 women, shot arrows through dogs and cats he trapped as a child. Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold boasted about mutilating animals for fun.

Dr. Johnston wrote that children abuse animals for distinct reasons depending on their age. Kids in the age bracket of 6-12, like the boys in Las Vegas, are called “The Cry-for-Help Abuser.”

This is a child who intellectually understands that it is not okay to hurt animals. This behavior is not due to a lack of education, instead the animal abuse is more likely to be a symptom of a deeper psychological problem. As previously noted, a number of studies have linked childhood animal abuse to domestic violence in the home as well as childhood physical or sexual abuse.

The doctor further states that children in this category should, “Seek professional help. It is not normal for a child this age to intentionally mistreat an animal.”

The boys are due in court at the end of the month. Further updates will be provided as information on the case is released.


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Miriam O.

THANK YOU for your time and for posting Sharon!

Judith d.
Judith d4 years ago

I don't even know what to say to this. Should we feel sorry for the boys because they may be abused or beaten by their parents (cry-for-help-abusers) or should we lock them up for a long long time for their unspeakable cruelty? Is there really an excuse for this kind of behaviour? Like others have pointed out, animal cruelty is one of the first signs that someone could develop even more serious issues as they grow up (can you say serial killer?). But one way or the other, 30 days is not nearly enough. A lot of kids who are being mistreated by their family choose NOT to harm animals. I doubt they even regret their actions.

Ann B.
Ann B4 years ago

I agree what they did is murder and you know what they say children who abuse animals become serial killers - to me murder is murder they should get more punishment... don't judge a book by its cover you never know what is inside.

Anna M

everything begins with the small. that day when it will start scoffing at people is near

Angela L.
Angela L4 years ago

These kids should be under captive and surveillance due their lousy behavior. What's wrong with their parents? The 2 kids should be sent to do volunteer work in the animal shelter and be taught how to love, not just animals also people and everything around them.

Ishita Saha
Ishita Saha4 years ago

it was murder and they should definitely spend more than 30 days in detention. they enjoyed killing, which is very disturbing. they should be in detention until their psychological treatment is complete.

Deborah Alicea
Deborah Alicea4 years ago

Those Boys are murderers for what they did to the Mother cat and kittens. I was heartbroken and I cried.....I really hope they pay for what they did...

Johmar Q.
Johanna Moreno4 years ago

Boys? NO! Those are murderers, therefore those should be treated as murderers!!!!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Sharon, for Sharing this!