Police: Group of teens purposely injuring family pets

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PITTSBURGH - Authorities are investigating alleged animal abuse in Northview Heights, where police suspect some kids are purposely injuring family pets.

Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski talked with one woman Thursday who said her 6-year-old son’s kitten was one of the victims.

“He’s very upset. He was shocked that somebody could be so mean,” the woman said.

According to the woman, three teenage boys picked up her family’s kitten, Fuzzy, and slammed it over a picnic table.

The woman said they told her son, who was holding Fuzzy, they just wanted to pet it.

She said they rushed Fuzzy to an emergency vet, but couldn’t afford to have him treated. Luckily, Animal Friends volunteered to treat his injuries.

“The report that we got from the police, who were first on the scene, was the kitten was bleeding from the nose, which would not be uncommon after a beating,” said Humane Officer Kathy Hecker. “He was also bleeding from the ears, which concerns me. So there may be broken bones or fractures. He's awful quiet for a young kitten.”

So far, police have not identified any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.