Two teens from South Carolina faced felony animal cruelty charges on Thursday after authorities claim they used Snapchat to video the attempted drowning of a six-week-old kitten.
According to the Herald, the ginger kitten named Layla, was rescued by police and animal rescue volunteers from Kerry’s Cats after someone saw the video and informed authorities. Layla was rushed to the Southern Charm Animal Hospital where veterinarians stated the defenseless kitten suffered from head trauma and signs of strangulation.
On the Facebook page of Southern Charm Animal Hospital, Layla’s update included the following happy news:
“Little Layla is resting comfortably and healing well tonight.”
When deputies arrived at the scene, the teens, aged 13 and 15, originally denied torturing the kitten, however later changed their story admitting one of the boys hurt the kitten while the other kid videoed the situation on Snapchat. When asked why, they stated they “were just having fun.” Their names have not been released because of their age.
South Carolina law stipulates an animal torture conviction can be punished by a $5,000 fine and a minimum of 6 months to five years in jail. It is not known what punishment minors might be sentenced if found guilty by a judge.
Once Layla is feeling better, she will be available for adoption.
(Photo of tortured kitten videoed on Snapchat in South Carolina screenshot via the Herald)
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