Activists demand justice for 6 kittens killed in animal cruelty case
Animal activists demonstrated outside family court Tuesday demanding justice for six newborn kittens that died after being pelted with rocks. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- "Honk if you love animals," animal activist Melinda Dickinson shouted.
Dickinson and a dozen other activists are spreading a message to the community. They want justice for six kittens pelted to death with rocks.
"How possibly could you torture and kill something so defenseless?" activist Rachel Best questioned.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested two 11-year-old boys who officers said are responsible for the deaths.
It's a case of animal cruelty that shocked the community. Activists demonstrated outside family court Tuesday where the children's lawyers went before a judge at a plea hearing.
"We need justice done here," Stacia Newman, Nevada Political Action for Animals, said. "Maximum penalty for the boys especially since they're only 11-years-old."
If convicted, Judge William Voy said the maximum penalty because of their age is 30 days detention and probation.
Voy said the two boys have no criminal history, but they face seven felony counts of animal cruelty.
"These are 11-year-old children," Dickinson said. "They should be out playing and having fun and not mutilating six kittens."
The judge ordered the boys to remain on house arrest until their next court appearance on Nov. 13. Voy is awaiting mental health reports for the two boys.
Activists vow to follow this case.
"Compassion starts at home, these children are not compassionate," Newman said. "They need parental supervision and I would think family counseling including the parents."