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Children accused of purposefully killing cat

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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Two 12-year-olds are facing animal cruelty charges after police say the purposefully threw a cat to a group of dogs.

The incident happened earlier this month in Covington's Austinburg neighborhood. The children - a boy and a girl - were arrested Oct. 4.

The cat's owner says he is frustrated and horrified.

"The cat was like a kid to me," said Ronny Owen. "To just pick one up and throw it to some dogs is horrible. I will never understand it. To me, that is the beginning of a serial killer."

Neighbors say the children threw the 1.5-year-old cat, Thumper, into a yard with four Chow-mix dogs, with a sign that reads, "Beware of Dog." The children watched as the cat died.

Owen says he doesn't blame the dogs' owner, because she keeps her dogs in a fenced yard. Instead, he blames the children who apparently victimized Thumper for no reason.

"I guess they just thought it was funny to do it," said Owen. "Funny in their eyes, not mine."

The owner of the dogs, Peggy Hunley, says she is horrified by the brutality of the incident.

"I told them, I don't see how all of you find something like this funny. It's not funny," she said. "Because they were laughing in the back of the cruiser like they couldn't care less. The one boy lied, like he couldn't remember his name. This is not a joke, this was an animal, someone's pet. And a pet is part of family and it never should have happened to begin with."

The children spent some time in juvenile jail, but were released to their parents. They are each charged with one count of first-degree animal cruelty and face up to five years in prison if convicted.

"It just wasn't right," said Hunley, "They should have the fullest extent of punishment possible."

Owen says after he and his wife buried Thumper in their backyard, they vowed to watch their other pets even more closely.

"I'm constantly making sure that I do a cat count and I'm not going to let it happen again," said Owen.

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