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Kitten Murdered in North St. Louis, Suffered Blunt Trauma to Head, Rescuers Say

Categories: Animals, Crime

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A tiny kitten like this one was found dead in St. Louis.
A tiny black-and-white kitten, only eight weeks old, was found dead in north St. Louis yesterday, and animal rescuers say it's very clear someone used a rock to kill the animal.

"Every indicator shows that this was an intentional killing," Anne Vincent, an animal-cruelty investigator with the Humane Society of Missouri, tells Daily RFT. "The piece of rock was just within inches of the kitten."

"It's very disturbing. Just brutal," she adds.

The Humane Society says that its animal-cruelty task force received a call just before noon for a deceased kitten in the front yard of a residence near the intersection of Newby Street and Riverview Boulevard.

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The street where the kitten was found.

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A woman had been feeding the stray kitten in recent weeks and had left for a short errand. When she returned, she made the gruesome discovery.

"You could see...the pool of blood," Vincent says.

Injuries were consistent with blunt trauma to the head, the organization says.

By the time Vincent arrived, the woman who made the call had covered the kitten with a T-shirt, she says.

"She was obviously very emotional," she says. "She couldn't bear to look."

The male cat, she adds, "had kind of become attached to her. She had an emotional bond with him."

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The kitten probably weighed around two pounds, Vincent says, noting that he might have come from a litter of abandoned kittens in the neighborhood.

"Unfortunately, we deal with hundreds of cruelty cases a year. We do see cruelty in all forms," she says. "But any time you see something like this, it's still heartbreaking, and you want answers and that's what we're hoping to get from the community."

The Humane Society is asking anyone with information to call its cruelty hotline at 314-647-4400.

The task force partners with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and city prosecutors and if a suspect is located, he or she could potentially face misdemeanor or felony animal abuse charges.

"To take the life of an innocent kitten in this way is cruel, unconscionable and unacceptable," Mike Perkins, director of the society's animal cruelty task force, says in a statement. "We know that people who would do this to a defenseless kitten are also likely to be violent toward people. This person needs to be stopped and brought to justice."

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22 comments
Michael M Moore
Michael M Moore

at least the kitten received more coverage than an African American would in this paper...my bad not true...if an African American kills, robs or shoots someone white....He or she makes the headlines...

KITTY
KITTY

KILL THE FUCKING BASTARD WHO DID THIS. MAKE HIM SUFFER. BEAT HIM TO DEATH WITH THE SAME ROCK HE USED ON THE PRECIOUS KITTEN!!

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

This is so sad and frankly, NOT ACCEPTABLE. How much darkness do you have in your heart to kill a little kitten?

Lauri Judson
Lauri Judson

There's special hot seat in hell for whomever did this to this precious little baby!!!!!!!!

Lani Sansone Martin
Lani Sansone Martin

Donald, there are numerous serial killers/murderers out there who started out abusing animals. And plenty of studies that link the two acts together. Not all, you are probably right. But "most likely", yes.

Donald Creswell
Donald Creswell

"most likely?" probably stretching it a bit far there.

David Enders
David Enders

See Mincer the dumbass had to leave his usual bs comment.

Casey Pierce
Casey Pierce

I cant even read the story, the title is enough. Disgusting excuses for human beings!

David Hughes
David Hughes

#HashTagEverythingIsGettingOldAndAnnoying

Lani Sansone Martin
Lani Sansone Martin

If someone is capable of killing an innocent aninal, then they are most likely capable of killing another human being. Punish these psycopaths to the fullest extent. Better yet, use them for medical testing instead of defenseless animals.

Jeet C. Chadha
Jeet C. Chadha

Not to ignore the atrocity of the story on hand, but does the RFT ever publish anything uplifting? Just curious...

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

Anyone who abuses or kills animals shouldn't be allowed to have children. It sick to be so cruel to something so innocent.

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

Really ? A Cat ? There are people being murdered every day in STL

Dawn Loehr
Dawn Loehr

Sick jerks...should be put behind bars.

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