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Three juveniles in Tuscaloosa charged with animal cruelty of kittens

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TUSCALOOSA - AL - Maggie Davis often sits on her porch on 4th Street in the Alberta community of Tuscaloosa.  You'll find her petting either her puppy 'Girl' or one of several cats.  One cat recently had kittens but Davis says children next door recently started torturing the babies.  " They'll say she gone [Davis] and let's get them now, let's get them now. I said if you bother my kittens I'm going to get a switch and come out there and whip all of your tails," said Davis.
  
Police say the boys 12, 14 and 15 were not intimidated by Davis' threat to leave her kittens alone.  On Sunday, an unnamed witness apparently saw the boys tossing at-least two kittens high in the air and letting them fall to the ground hard.  The witness alerted police.  Both, an officer and animal control agent responded.  "There's a possibility that there were other kittens involved.  There may have been others that ran away.  But, at the time the officers arrived there just two [kittens] there," said Lt. Brad Mason, a spokesperson for Tuscaloosa Police Department.

The boys were arrested and each charged with Animal Cruelty.

Police say when they arrived the kids were attempting to bury one kitten alive and another kitten had to be euthanized because of injuries.   However, their uncle Tyrone Lewis came to their defense.  He says he doesn't believe the boys really meant to harm the animals.  " When my auntie tells them to put them [kittens] down, they put them down but when she leaves nobody knows what they're doing to those cats," he said.

Davis says she is just glad the abuse has stopped.

The three juveniles were released to their parents on the condition they'll appear in court. 
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