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Case ID: 9932
Classification: Burning - Fire or Fireworks
Animal: cat
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Friday, Oct 20, 2006

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A call was made as USPCA officers prepared to collect the remains of three four-week-old kittens in Castlerock that may have been burned to death.

The charred kittens were found under pampas grass on the morning of Oct 20 at a bungalow in Freehall Park.

A vet is expected to carry out examinations to see if the animals had been tortured or killed before being burned.

A neighbour who heard the cries of the kittens as they burned to death rescued one of them.

One kitten, which has singed ears, whiskers and eyebrows, has since been treated for burns and placed with a foster family.

It is understood the cats were killed several days before animal welfare groups were alerted on Oct 20.

An older kitten was also found dead at the same address and is suspected to have died some time ago from disease.

The Derry-based Rainbow Rehoming Centre, assisted by staff from the Assisi Centre in Antrim and the Oak Tree Animal Rescue Centre in Maghera, managed to capture seven stray cats found at the address, which have since been neutered before being returned to the area.


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