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Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011County: Saint Tammany
Alleged: Kellie Lynn Dean
Police in Mandeville arrested a 46-year-old woman on an animal cruelty charge connected to the alleged throwing of a kitten onto a city street.
A witness called police to report the incident on Wednesday morning. He said he saw a small, gray kitten thrown from the window of a vehicle traveling on Florida Street near Albert Street.
He described the vehicle as a green Chevrolet Blazer.
A short time later, police arrested Kellie Dean, after spotting her in behind the wheel of an SUV matching the description. Dean denied throwing a kitten out of her vehicle, but the witness was 'adamant' that he saw the kitten strike the roadway and slide several feet before running under his vehicle. The witness was not sure if he hit the kitten, but police did not find the animal.
No animal was recovered, but Dean was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and brought to the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington for further processing. Police described the witness as "adamant" in his recollection of events.
The report comes in a week in which several similar incidents of animal abuse have been called in to police and animal advocacy groups. On Monday, a driver reported seeing several kittens thrown onto I-10, where they were struck by vehicles and killed.
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