(READING, OH) -- Two local teen boys have been charged in a terrible case of animal abuse.
A 16-year-old and a 14-year-old in Reading are accused of torturing a cat until it died. Investigators say the boys were heard bragging about what they'd done. Animal advocates say the abuse was so extreme, the teens need to be watched carefully.
"If they get away with treating animals inappropriately they may graduate to abusing the next easiest victim which is sometimes children," said Harold Gates with the SPCA.
The teens are charged with first degree misdemeanors. Authorities say if they are involved in any other abuse they could face felony charges.