Ariz. authorities probing kitten cruelty case

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 2:04 PM


COLORADO CITY, Ariz.— Authorities in northern Arizona are investigating an animal cruelty case in which a kitten was buried up to its neck in concrete and didn’t survive.

The cat was rescued in late May from concrete inside a 7-foot-tall metal pipe being used to construct a horse shelter in Colorado City. It died days later at an animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Andrew Chatwin of Hildale, Utah, discovered the kitten and rescued it by cutting away at the pipe and chipping off the concrete with a hammer.

The Colorado City Marshal’s Office took pictures and interviewed nearby residents but has tabled the case, citing a lack of leads. It was unknown whom the cat belonged to.

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said Tuesday his deputies also will pursue the case if they can develop leads.

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