Teens kill kitten in front of children

Paul McLeod
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A group of teenagers beat a kitten to death with a golf club in Spryfield yesterday in front of the young children who owned the cat.



The five-month-old kitten named Pearl was in its front yard in the middle of the day near Greystone Drive when a group of four or five teenagers attacked it with the club. The kittens 11-year-old owner and her two 12-year-old cousins were sitting nearby.

A group of teenagers beat a kitten to death with a golf club in Spryfield yesterday in front of the young children who owned the cat.







My daughter came in and told me theres a bunch of teenagers around our cat and to get some help. It was bleeding out of its mouth when I came out. It took its last breath in my hands, said Marie Hallett, the girls mother.



Hallett said her daughter was devastated by the attack. She said the teenagers walked off laughing and threw away the golf club.



Halifax Regional Police arrived on the scene soon afterwards. A police spokesperson said no charges have yet been laid, but the incident is under investigation.



But Hallett said she knows at least one of the teens involved in the attack. She said a small group of youths has been causing havoc in the neighbourhood.



I dont feel safe. If theyll do that to an animal, they could do that to me or my kids, said Hallett.



Another resident, who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, said everyone in the neighbourhood knows who the kids are, but are powerless to stop them.



Theyre terrorizing the whole neighbourhood. Terrorizing it. Theyre beating people up, robbing them, putting windows out, anything they can do to terrorize you, theyll do it, she said.



The woman said the teens have been in trouble with the law before, but have never gone to jail because they are under the age of 18.



Shes lived in the neighbourhood for five years. She said that because of this group of kids, she keeps a crowbar and bat by the door at all times.



Were trying so hard to clean things up. Greystone is a community, and if we dont take back our community now were going to lose it.



Last month, police were investigating after they found a cat hanging by its neck in a Cole Harbour backyard.



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Geographic location: Spryfield

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