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Updated: 10/17/2012 6:40 pm
The public is getting involved after another case of animal cruelty that happened a week ago. Kittens were stoned to death as they were being born. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli joins is with more on what's going on. We know of at least two groups are offering rewards for any information that will lead to an arrest.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The public is getting involved after another case of animal cruelty that happened a week ago where kittens were stoned to death as they were being born.

“A total of six came to us,” said Haven Animal Hospital Vet Technician Patrick Harp. “Two of them were actually deceased on arrival. Another one we had to put down shortly after it got here.”

Harp says Animal Control brought them to the animal hospital.

“They told us that there were some teenagers throwing rocks at the mother who was giving birth,” said Harp. “The cat apparently from what we know was trying to get away.”

This has some members of the public outraged.

“If there's anyone else that has information in this case there's a $500 reward being offered by a local business woman named Susan Russell,” said Gina Greisen with Nevada Voters for Animals. “There is apparently another group that's offering another $1000 reward.”

Greisen is considering passing out fliers at schools near the apartment complex where this happened in the southwest part of the valley if there isn’t an arrest soon.

She was also a key proponent of strengthening Nevada’s animal cruelty laws that could be applied to the case of two UC Berkley law student charged with the decapitation of an exotic bird at the Flamingo Hotel.

It was also used in a case of two teens sentenced this summer after drowning a pair of 2-day-old kittens.

“Most often when I see kids and teens hurting animals, it's reactive to their having suffered some kind of abuse,” said Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Cruey.

Cruey has treated animal abusers and says it can lead to violence against people.

“If the parent sees the child hurting an animal, have your child talk to a counselor now,” said Cruey.

As for Harp, he wants justice.

“Hopefully they do get charged and they do get a felony,” said Harp.
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