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ST. GEORGE — A juvenile was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a cat was found Friday morning with two blow darts pierced through its skull in the backyard of a St. George home.
Around 9 a.m. St. George resident Lee Webb’s chihuahua was standing in front of the doggy door that exits into the backyard when he began barking wildly.
“I didn’t think it was anything at first,” Webb said. “He started going crazy at the doggy door and then he ran out.”
Just outside his back door a kitten lay dead with two 6-inch darts – sharpened spikes made of steel with plastic ends – protruding from its head. At first he thought the cat was fake, but then he touched the cat and found it to still be warm.
“It had just happened,” he said. “I covered the cat with a cloth and called animal control.”
Previous to this incident Webb found additional darts laying in his backyard which he had suspected were aimed at his dog, but his dog has never been hit.
“I love animals. They trust people,” Webb said. “Little kittens are trusting souls that don’t need to be put down like that.”
Animal control and St. George Police investigated this incident and questioned people in the area. Upon talking with a 16-year-old, police found probable cause and arrested the young man for animal cruelty charges, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.
“This is not a common thing here,” Despain said. “We take crimes against animals very serious.”
Juveniles arrested or charged are presumed innocent until the matter is adjudicated or otherwise resolved.
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