WATSONVILLE - Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officials have asked Juvenile Hall to file charges against three young children believed to have abused a trio of kittens, one of which was so badly injured it had to be euthanized.
Todd Stosuy, the shelter's field services manager, responded to West Front Street in Watsonville Sunday evening after a witness reported seeing two girls and a boy abusing three kittens.
When Stosuy arrived, the children had fled but the kittens remained in the street. A witness was able to identify the kids, all of whom are younger than 10 years old.
One of the kittens suffered severe brain injuries, possibly due to being thrown against a wall, and had to be euthanized, Stosuy said.
The other two kittens had pieces of rope tied around their necks, restricting their breathing. Stosuy initially was concerned that the animals would suffer breathing difficulties as a result of the abuse but a veterinarian evaluated them and determined they were OK.
The kittens, about 4 or 5 weeks of age, are believed to have been strays.
Stosuy said he has filed a report with Juvenile Hall asking for felony animal cruelty charges to be filed against the three children.
The surviving cats are being cared for at a foster home.
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