Three teens charged with animal cruelty after cat found dead in ravine
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EDMONTON – Two 18-year-olds and a 14-year-old have been arrested and charged after a cat was found stabbed to death in southeast Edmonton last week.
The charges come after police and fire crews were called to a small fire in Mill Creek Ravine — near Kassa Road, just west of 34 Street — around 6:00 p.m. last Thursday.
When firefighters arrived, they found the remains of a mutilated cat, bloody scissors and an animal crate nearby. Officers say the cat had been stabbed to death.
Shortly after, with the assistance of Air 1, three teens were arrested at a bus stop in the area of 35 Avenue and 37 Street.
Police say the teens are believed to have stolen the cat from the home of an acquaintance. They then took the family pet to the ravine and allegedly killed it.
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) says the cat had been the family’s pet for 15 years.
“They’re traumatized,” EPS Spokesperson Scott Pattison said of the family. “It’s extremely troublesome that anyone would take a vulnerable animal and basically take its life.
“Obviously a serious offence and one that police take pretty seriously,”Pattison added.
As a result, Zachary Allen McKinnon, 18, Wendell Mack Mah, 18, and a 14-year-old who cannot be named under the Young Offender Act, have all been charged with animal cruelty.
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