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At Least One Teen Faces Charges, Accused of Torturing a Cat
CANAL WINCHESTER (James Jackson) -- At least one teen is facing charges, accused of beating a cat and setting it on fire. The crime happened on the 100 block of Groveport Road, last month, in Canal Winchester. Fairfield County sheriff's investigators say several other teens were there when it happened.
It's news that makes Teresa Lindsey cringe. Investigators say kids hit a cat multiple times with a golf club, put it in a hole and continued to torture it by setting it on fire. "I was just mortified. That's just beyond my comprehension anybody even doing anything like that," Lindsey said.
The grandfather of two of the boys called 911, after he says one of them told him about it. "They took his brother's cat and threw it in a fire. That's the ugly part," he said.
We're told the kids suspected of the crime go to Canal Winchester High School. Lindsey says her 17 year-old son, Jeremy, was with the boys that night and left before the trouble started. But, she tells ABC 6/FOX 28 investigators later came to her home with a different story. "They accused Jeremy of animal cruelty. My jaw just dropped because he's an animal lover anyway."
That animal lover is now seen as an animal torturer in the eyes of his peers, according to his mother. The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office report says the kids blamed him for the crime. "He was just really upset. I mean just wow just talking about something like that."
Jeremy was so upset, Lindsey took him out of Canal Winchester High School. Now, he's home-schooled and the charges he faced were dropped.
Officials with the Humane Society took the cat's remains to determine an official cause of death. Sheriff's deputies say the other kids who were there were not charged, because they didn't have enough evidence.