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Two 11-year-olds arrested in deaths of six kittens

Two juveniles arrested in animal cruelty case involving death of six kittens

KSNV reports that two 12-year-olds are suspected of animal cruelty after allegedly killing six kittens, Oct. 19.

Kittens die

Two 11-year-olds have been arrested on seven counts of animal cruelty in an incident earlier this month that allegedly led to the death of six newborn kittens.

Metro Police officials said witnesses were alerted to what sounded like glass shattering around 5 p.m. Oct. 9. Initially witnesses thought the two juveniles were throwing rocks at an apartment building around the 9600 block of Russell Road.

In reality, witnessed told authorities, the youngsters had been throwing rocks at a mother cat giving birth. The cat’s six kittens ultimately died.

Clark County Animal Control turned investigation over to Metro Police to locate the suspects, who had fled the area. The two kids were found and on Thursday were arrested and booked into Clark County Juvenile Hall.

Metro Police urge anyone with information to contact Enterprise Area Command problem solving unit at (702) 828-2834 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers, (702) 385-5555.

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  1. vegasoli,

    These kids will be picked up soon enough when they are around 16 or 17 and be charged as adults for similar crimes against humans.

    I'm a dog person myself, but have had a number of cats adopt me and am disgusted by stories like this.

  2. Chances are, they will still grow up to be murderers. First sign: killing animals. But maybe there is time to save them (but I doubt it).

  3. These kids are future serial killers. Dr. Phil says so in point #14:

  4. We'll have to wait until they get a little older and start killing humans before the legal system can "remove" them. How unfortunate that society can't administer a preemptive strike now.

  5. Having some years working in education with such youth offenders who actually got caught and tried, it is my professional experience and opinion, that with intensive intervention by BOTH the family and system, it is possible that these youth offenders have a chance to extinguish such propensities/behaviors and move on to live normal and productive lives.

    But, the likelihood of this happening is subject to the commitment of the youth offender, their family, and vigilent monitoring by the system. As stressed out as society is today, the odds are not in favor of these young offenders realizing any positive change in their behaviors, or propensity to maim and/or kill mammals. As many Commenters here suggest, without the intensive help, these young people will continue growing into adult offenders who will continue to victimize on an exponential scale, and maybe see the end of their lives as a "ward" of the government incarcerated.

    There is no doubt, that what these youth did is a crime and punishable by law, and they deserve to serve their sentence and perhaps learn, and change for the good.

    Blessings and Peace,

  6. Chunky says:

    How horrible and frightening it must have been for the poor mother cat being stoned while birthing. This was such an unnecessary act of cruelty!

    Where were the parents and how would such young children be raised is such a way to initiate this violence against animals?

    Surely someone will now paint the two offenders as victims of either family and/or societal influence.

    Chunky wonders exactly how children like this are incarcerated and punished for their behavior? Are there really "prisons" for pre-teens?

    As sad as it is, maybe holding these two and their parents responsible now will save us the time and trouble of dealing with them ten years from now when they could do this to a child or adult.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  7. In the Juvenile Justice system, first time offenders (except for murder of human beings), those who have NO previous record or run-ins with the law, will be placed on "probation" with either formal supervision, or informal supervision of/with the probation officer. Depending on the seriousness and gravity of the situation of the pre-teen, or teen offender, the offender may serve "time" in Juvenile Hall, or be restricted to the confines of their home with an ankle bracelet and appropriate supervision, or be returned to normal life with some type of sentencing assignment (community service, research report to be presented, etc.) and are released back into the general population.

    With current over-crowding and budgetary cuts negatively impacting the system, the latter remedies are more apt to happen, and in reality due to these budgetary impacts, what lesson should be learned, rarely is, and the offender moves on to more of the same or worse.

    You would find that the involvement(or lack thereof) of parents is likely suspect. If one did their research, they would find that the involvement parents have with their child's education and school, is equivalent to every other area of their child's life. For whatever it is worth. Documentation bears my opinion out.

    Two great columnists, Ann Landers and Dear Abbey, both had commented in years past, that there are always exceptions, those outlyers or anomolies in statistics. But the bulk of the data suggests strongly the link of parent and societal involvement influencing a child's propensity in life.

    Blessings and Peace,

  8. Serious or repeat youth offenders, will not only go to Juvenile Hall, but will be placed onto formal supervision with an assigned probation officer, and most likely be directed to do their schooling either at an Alternative Education school, report to a teacher via appointments for Independent Study, or be routed to the online educational system. In rare instances, these youth may be directed to an alternative setting, as a Youth Ranch/Camp, where intensive behavioral therapy occurs 24/7 there.

    Thought I'd put that out there for those readers who are wondering.

    Blessings and Peace,