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Teens Charged After Attempting to Drown a Kitten

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/08/2018 Shane Croucher

Two South Carolina teenagers have been charged with felony animal cruelty after making a video, posted on the social media platform Snapchat, showing them attempting to drown a ginger six-week-old kitten called Layla.

The boys are aged 13 and 15. York County Sheriff’s Office is not naming them because of their ages and they are being charged as juveniles, reported The Herald.

a cat that is looking at the camera © Provided by IBT Media A local animal rescue group called Kerry’s Cats saw the Snapchat video and called the police at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Layla was rescued by officers and rushed to Southern Charm Animal Hospital, where vets discovered she had head trauma and showed signs of strangulation.

Dr. Sonya McCathey, a veterinarian at Southern Charm Animal Hospital, told The Herald that Layla is a “miracle kitten.”

An update posted to Southern Charm’s Facebook page said: “Little Layla is resting comfortably and healing well tonight!”

When deputies caught up with the boys to ask them about what had happened, they lied about the incident, before admitting that one boy filmed as the other tortured the kitten. According to the report, one boy said they were “just having fun.”

The kitten will now be put up for adoption.

York County Sheriff’s Office and Southern Charm Animal Hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to South Carolina law, torturing an animal can lead to a $5,000 fine and a minimum of 180 days in jail if a defendant is convicted.

“A person who tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal or by omission or commission causes these acts to be done,” says the law, “is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.”

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to connect with each other by sharing images and videos, over which people can add stickers, text, emojis and other things.

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