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Four kittens found in Warren neighborhood were not shot to death

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WARREN, Ohio - Four kittens found dead in Warren has a neighborhood on edge.

Neighbors believe a summer-long dispute on their street could be linked to Monday's deadly discovery.

"There's no reason why these kittens should have been killed and there's really no reason why they should have been placed in my yard in a disgusting position," says neighbor Vicki Steigerwald.

A neighbor first alerted Steigerwald to the kittens found dead and placed in an orderly fashion in her front yard.

She now believes threats from another neighbor about the feral cats could be connected.

She tells 21 News she now fears for her safety.

"What's going to be next? Kittens first. Is it going to be humans next?" says Steigerwald.

The kittens found posed in the yard were less than two weeks old.

Neighbors who knew of them, share Steigerwald's concerns.

"It's the neighborhood cats. If people don't like them, well you know, then do something about it, but don't kill them," says Patricia Kolvalchick of Warren.

Residents originally thought that the kittens may have been shot; however, Rufus Sparks with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, said that the cause of death was most likely mauling from another animal.

Sparks said that he is keeping the investigation open in case a decision to press charges would be made.

 

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