Last kitten dies after being pelted by rocks
Kittens pelted by rocksPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
UPDATE on 10/11/12: According to Haven Animal Hospital, the last surviving kitten passed away last night. Action News will update this story as soon as more information is received.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Tiny, bruised and battered, the only survivor of a litter of kittens, subjected to a brutal attack, clings to life at a local animal hospital.
Neighbor Mary Ward says, "I think it's horrible. I hope that they do something to those kids about that. That's just cruel."
Ward isn't the only one expressing outrage at the Chapel Hill Apartment complex on West Russell near Fort Apache. Tuesday night, someone called authorities to report that teenagers were throwing huge rocks at a newborn litter of kittens and their mom.
Dr. Lisa Mauro says, "The mother was trying to grab the kittens and run and she couldn't. She was trying to save them."
Animal Control officers took two surviving kittens to Dr. Lisa Mauro at Haven Animal Hospital for emergency care. Within hours on Wednesday, there was only one.
Dr. Mauro says that what the officers told her and what she saw, haunts her.
"Severe open wounds. One of them was partially decapitated. Basically no face, no skull. The rest? One was bleeding and had blood everywhere."
Neighbors like Dottie Glenn have strong opinions about how the perpetrators should be punished. She says, "I think they should be paraded up and down the streets in our complex and get pelted with a few rocks themselves."
Neighbor Nathan Williams says parents need to teach compassion. He says, "It's an important factor, and I try to install that with my kids to respect people and other cats, dogs."
Clark County Animal Control officers can't comment during ongoing investigations. Keep it tuned to Action News for updates on this developing story and any arrests.