Vet: Kittens killed by large animal

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Four dead kittens were found lined up in a yard outside a Northfield Avenue N.W. house Monday afternoon.

Dr. Rufus Sparks, a veterinarian with the Trumbull County Aanimal Welfare League, said the kittens, which were about 5 weeks old, were killed by a large animal like a dog or a fox, not by a gun as originally thought. But he said it appears because of the way they were placed in the yard that someone may have had a hand in their deaths.

Resident Vicki Steigerwald, who found the dead kittens, called the incident “disturbing.” And neighbors believe the deaths are fishy and that someone who lives on the street is responsible for the animals’ deaths.

“First they said an animal got them. Well no, an animal doesn’t lay something in a row and why did something like this happen when, like my son said, there are organizations that would have taken them,” said neighbor Patricia Kovalchick.

The kittens were believed to be strays, and the woman who lives in the house would feed them from time to time.

Dr. Sparks is not ruling out the possibility that the cats were deliberately killed and then placed in the yard.

Warren police are still investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warren police at 330-394-2521.

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