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Kitten Abuse Case Appalls Animal Lovers

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

Animal control officers in Jackson believe a group of middle school-age kids are the ones who abused a stray kitten inside a Jackson mobile home park Friday night.

They said the kitten was hurt so badly, they had to euthanize it.

Lupe Morales said she is terrified of letting her dogs out because she is afraid someone might hurt them.

"I have three dogs and I would feel really bad if someone did anything to mine," Morales said.

And that is what happened Friday night, when animal control workers said a Rolling Acres Mobile Estates resident saw several 10 to 12-year-olds abusing a four-week-old stray kitten.

"The report that we got from the caller was they were throwing the cat in the air, and letting it fall to the ground repeatedly," said Jackson Animal Control Officer Whitney Owen.

Jackson animal control officers said they took the kitten to a local veterinarian to assess his injuries, but the vet had to put him down.

According to officers, the last time they had to euthanize an animal from something like this was in 2010.

Animal control said it gets two to three animal abuse calls a month.

"We have a pretty serious cat overpopulation issue in that area [Rolling Acres] and so strays are a daily problem," Owen said.

Workers said they get so many calls from there, that they have to put out live traps, but they only help for so long.

"With such a high volume of people, you've got a lot of pets, and a lot of cats, and you know, that one cat's great grandmother may have an owner, but since she had a litter of kittens, and then that litter of kittens has had kittens, nobody owns them at this point. Several people feed them, but nobody claims ownership," Owen said.

Morales said she is not surprised after hearing about the kitten abuse, but still she is saddened at what happened.

"They should have to pay for what they did because that was an animal that they hurt," she said.

Animal control officers told 7 Eyewitness News they seized two other kittens that are being cared for by a veterinarian until they can be adopted.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Jackson Animal Control at (731) 425-8545, or the Jackson Police Department at (731) 425-8400.

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