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Teens to stay in jail in Vegas kitten drownings

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 7/02/2012 5:58 pm
Two teenage boys accused of drowning a pair of kittens will remain behind bars a bit longer. The boys are both 16 years old and charged with felony animal cruelty. It is the first case of its kind in southern Nevada since legislators passed a new law last year. News 3's Denise Rosch has the latest from family court.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two 16-year-old boys accused of drowning a pair of kittens in a cup of water will be staying in a Las Vegas jail until a hearing July 17.

The order came Monday during a hearing in Clark County Family Court. The teens also must undergo a psychological evaluation.

Police say the boys are the first people in Nevada to face a felony cruelty charge since a stricter law was enacted last year. Authorities are also seeking a misdemeanor conspiracy charge.

The boys are being prosecuted as juveniles, and their names aren't being made public.

A neighbor reported hearing animal cries and seeing the boys drown the animals. That was two days after a gray cat gave birth to two kittens in the backyard of a home in northwest Las Vegas.

AP-WF-07-02-12 2104GMT

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