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Woman charged after kitten struck by bat

Injuries too severe and animal euthanized

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A three-month-old kitten lost its life after a fight between three women escalated into a brazen attack.

Now, a 23-year-old woman is facing charges of killing or injuring an animal and weapon possession in the incident, which occurred just after midnight on Tuesday.

According to police, two female suspects – one of armed with a baseball bat – went to the Pritchard Avenue home of a woman that they knew, to confront her about an on-going dispute.

As the argument escalated, one suspect struck the kitten. The kitten’s owner ran inside her house while the second suspect grabbed the baseball bat, and smashed a window.

Police took the kitten and its owner to a veterinarian. The kitten was transported to the Winnipeg Humane Society, but its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized.

On Tuesday afternoon, police arrested the 23-year-old woman for beating the cat and carrying the weapon. She has been released on a promise to appear.

A warrant is out for the second suspect, a 22-year-old woman, who has been charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief under $5,000 for allegedly smashing the window.

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