Four boys face animal cruelty charges after they abused and killed a kitten under 2 months old, Chandler police said.
Another boy, age 7, is too young to face charges and a sixth boy was an observer and did not participate in the crime, officers said.
"Horrible, horrible case of animal cruelty," said Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo.
The alleged torture was caught on surveillance video from the trailer park at 1650 S. Arizona Ave. where the incident took place.
Police said they were notified on Oct. 15 about the incident that took place one day earlier.
The kitten was apparently found under one of the boys' trailer and sold to another boy for $3, police said. After the sale, the boys took the animal to a nearby playground.
The video shows six young boys, ages 7 to 12, on playground equipment playing with a small white kitten and a small dog. The boys at first seemed to just be playing, but things turned dangerous as the boys started pushing the dog down the slide into the small kitten, Favazzo said.
Soon, one boy takes a soccer ball and hits the kitten with it as the animal is held on the slide. For next few minutes, the video shows the boys holding the kitten on the slide, while another boy slides down and kicks the animal off the end of the slide as many as six times, Favazzo said.
The kitten tries to run away several times, but is quickly chased down by the boys and recaptured, Favazzo said.
Finally, the video shows one boy holding the kitten throwing it to the ground. The animal appears to be stunned if not dead, Favazzo said.
The boys inspected the kitten and then threw the limp and lifeless animal over the pool fence and into the pool, according to Favazzo.
"The video is hard to watch, how these boys were able to inflict this type of cruelty on a helpless kitten," Favazzo said.
The boys said the kitten was a female, according to investigators.
Police said because the suspects are juveniles, it has taken a couple of weeks to complete this investigation.
The boys were arrested Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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