Authorities find and seize kittens who were in a torture video posted to social media

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Authorities have seized six-week-old kittens from a residence in Auburn, New York. As reported by the Auburn Pub, two of the kittens were in a “torture video” that had been posted to social media.

According to the news agency, two boys, ages 12 and 14, were observed torturing the young kittens; the video remained on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook for 36 hours before being taken down. Officials have not released the details of what the boys did to the kittens in the video footage, but a veterinarian has examined the two kittens that were in the footage, and they are okay.

Another four kittens, from the same litter, were seized and all were taken to the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY for care. Tom Adessa, a humane law enforcement officer with the shelter, told the news agency:

I have never, ever seen anything like this before. To me, this is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. It’s not just the type of abuse, but the age of the individuals involved.”

As the investigation continues, the authorities are hopeful that more information will be provided. Anyone with information about the case is asked to reach out to the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY at (315) 707-8147 or, the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office at (315) 253-1391, or Officer Michael Weeks at the Auburn Police Department at (315) 253-3231 or

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