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Struthers animal rescue searching for kids who repeatedly kicked cat, caused miscarriage

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An animal rescue center in Struthers is asking for the community's help to find information regarding the abuse of a cat over the weekend. 

The New Lease on Life Animal Rescue is asking anyone who may have witnessed a cat being abused to step forward. 

Maria Guyan, an official at the rescue shelter, tells 21 News that a Struthers neighbor saw a group of children kicking an animal in a field near Marion Avenue. 

According to officials, the woman rescued the cat Sunday night but brought her into the animal rescue on Monday. 

Rescuers say the cat was pregnant at the time and began to miscarry the kittens. 

Overall the cat gave birth to seven kittens who all perished because their lungs were not developed enough to survive. 

The cat has since been taken to an animal hospital in Pennsylvania. 

Guyan tells 21 News that the situation is "touch and go" and that they have reason to believe the cat's bladder was ruptured during the attack. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, community members were rallying together to raise money to offer a reward for information.

At this point, the animal rescue does not have much information about the number of children involved or their suspected ages. 

The animal rescue also could not provide information on whether the cat was a stray or is believed to have a family. 

The animal rescue is asking anyone who may have seen the attack or have information to call them at 330-397-8270. 

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