Four kittens stolen from La Grange barn, one mutilated

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Police pursue animal cruelty charges

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack and Tracy Harris

When a La Grange couple started rescuing cats, they thought of it as a community service. They spay and neuter animals before adopting them to other families.

But it is said no good deed goes unpunished, and that is how Gordon Robinson said he feels right now.

Over the weekend, four kittens were stolen and one found dead after teenagers allegedly broke into the garage overnight.

He and his wife, Lynn, are members of a pet adoption program that Greg hopes will help stop the cycle of feral cats.

"I'm just sick to my stomach," he said.

Lynn was surprised to find four kittens missing Friday morning — 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 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 he 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 call the police if they returned the animals.

Later, the 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 the 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.

According to Oldham County Police spokesman Officer Mike Head, police are investigating five people — including two adults and three juveniles — in connection to the incident. 

Two are Crestwood residents and the rest from the neighborhood where the Robinsons live. 

Police have not released their names and the juveniles will likely remain undisclosed.

The investigation involves charges of burglary and animal cruelty.

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.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (502) 222-1300.