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Boys accused of drowning kittens to remain in custody

Reported by: Rob Munoz
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Updated: 6/29/2012 12:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Two 16-year-old boys accused of drowning kittens in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood will spend the weekend in juvenile detention until the judge gets their risk assessments done and is able to decide whether they're a danger to the rest of the community.

Both boys came into the courtroom separately, wearing white jumpsuits and shackled: one with his grandmother and father by his side, the other with his parents.

They're accused of drowning newborn kittens in a bucket of water. A neighbor says she caught them both in the act.

Prosecutors today said one boy's father approved of what his son did as a form of "humane euthanization."

The prosecution also said the other boy bragged about having weapons and told a friend that's why she shouldn't "eff" with them.

We also found out they allegedly baited the mother cat with a crowbar or pick ax after allegedly drowning the mother cat's kittens.

We spoke with Gina Greisen, the author of Cooney's Law, which makes it a felony to kill an animal. This case is the first in southern Nevada to fall under that law.

“While I'm glad to see that the law is working and that it's being taken seriously, you take a look at this individual case now, and you see, maybe what led up to these kids,” she said.

The boys’ attorneys will try to work out a plea deal at their next hearing Monday.
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