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Three Oldham County teens have been charged after the June 15 mutilation and death of a kitten.
Those charged include Crestwood resident Tanner Hublar, 18, and two juveniles.
Hublar faces one charge of animal cruelty.
A 17-year-old Crestwood male is charged with cruelty to animals and felony burglary. A juvenile La Grange female is charged with burglary.
Four kittens were stolen from the barn of Lynn and Gordon Robinson overnight, with three later returned and one found dead.
The Robinsons had taken in two litters of kittens with plans to spay and neuter them before finding them homes — preventing more litters of feral cats in the future.
They woke to find four kittens missing the morning of June 15 — Gordon said they originally thought the door had been left open by electricians and the kittens escaped.
The story they would later hear from local teens was much worse.
Gordon is shocked by the incident.
"I'm just sick to my stomach," he said.
Gordon said two teenage girls came to his door Friday afternoon and one "came clean" about what happened.
The teen said she and several others snuck into the garage through a window, and left with four kittens.
When Gordon heard about the theft, he went to talk to the other teens and asked for the kittens to be returned — telling them he wouldn't notify police if the teens returned the animals.
Later, teens returned to the Robinsons' house with three of the kittens. The couple then learned one kitten was dead — and at least one teen involved told Gordon it had been thrown against a wall.
That's when Gordon called police, who returned the deceased cat's body back to the Robinsons after interviewing the teens involved.
The cat was bloody when found and had a large gash on its leg.
Facebook posts by several local teens corroborate the story Gordon heard and are being reviewed by police. Posts include an admission by an involved teen that alcohol played a factor in the incident.
Anyone with information should contact OCPD at 222-1300.