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Hearing for juveniles accused in kitten killings delayed; mental evaluations still pending

Area of kitten deaths

Two 11-year-olds accused of throwing rocks that led to the deaths this month of six newborn kittens were ordered today to return to court Nov. 13 to answer animal cruelty charges.

The juveniles, who have not been named, were scheduled to enter pleas today, but a hearing was delayed because mental health evaluations had not been completed.

The juveniles, each facing seven counts of animal cruelty, previously had been placed on house arrest.

Witnesses reported that about 5 p.m. Oct. 9, the youngsters were throwing rocks at a mother cat giving birth at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of West Russell Road near South Fort Apache Road, Metro Police said. Six kittens ultimately died, authorities said.

Clark County Animal Control turned over the investigation to Metro to locate the suspects, who had fled the area. The youngsters were arrested Oct. 18 and booked into Clark County Juvenile Hall.

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  1. You want to reform those kids? Let's tie them up and throw rocks and rotting meat at them and then leave them in the desert sun.

    Killing kittens coming out of the womb of a mother giving birth? It's like killing a baby. The animals were completely helpless. Those kids should be tried as adults and given hard time.

  2. The bad thing about this is due to their age there really is not much they can do to them.

    We have no kiddie jail.

    They will get to stay at home and chances are learn nothing from their actions. Hopefully their parents are teaching them some tough lessons about now.

  3. I just can't believe some of these comments, "Cast them into the high desert" "Sterilize them"

    Studies have also shown that Draconian punishment of 11 (Eleven year olds) are way over the top.

  4. Those 'juveniles' murdered six little kittens as their mother brought them into the world. If these little monsters do not suffer some consequences for their actions, like those two young men who drowned two day old kittens in a cup of water last June, and frankly they got off with a slap on the wrist IMO, they will go on to more heinous crimes. This is how Jeffrey Dahmer got started in his 'career'; murdering animals.

  5. I want to be clear I think these kids should be punished. But to say. That's it! They will never amount to anything so therefore we should send them to their demise is worse than what they have done. Keep in mind that the next time you eat veal you are eating a day old calf that was slaughtered not died in birth but slaughtered. Also do you know where the rennet comes from to make cheese? from that same day old calf's stomach lining.
    Oh yeah do some research and find out where that or better yet how it's made (Gelatin) You know jello or jelly.

    I love Steak I just don't want to see the cow killed.

  6. The more appropriate punishment in my view is as follows:

    Until age 18 they should have to spend weekends and a couple of afternoons a week working at the one of the animal shelters feeding, watering and caring for all of the animals.