JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Once again Jonesboro police are investigating a case of animal cruelty that left a kitten fighting for its life.
The latest incident occurred Sunday afternoon in the 3400-block of Sun Avenue.
The woman who called police said she saw three boys—ages 5, 6 and 10—"messing with 2 young kittens and their mother."
According to the initial incident report, the boys were seen throwing one of the kittens up in the air multiple times and letting it fall to the ground.
The boys then kicked the kitten in the head 3 or 4 times, the report said.
The woman told police she ran the boys off, then collected the kittens and the cat before calling 911.
The boys were charged with cruelty to animals before they were turned over to their parents.
An animal control officer who collected the pets later told police the kitten that had been abused "was not going to make it" due to internal injuries.
Jonesboro police have investigated several reports of animal cruelty involving children this summer.
Information Specialist for JPD Paul Holmes told Region 8 News this case was not related to the earlier cases of animal cruelty though.
He said that fact does not make this incident any less disturbing.
"It's not something we take lightly," Holmes said. "Why we seem to be having a number of these cases is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps they are being more readily reported; perhaps there are more. Whatever the reason, we do take these reports seriously and we do try to get the appropriate action taken."
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