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1. Teen Kills Kitten in Oven; Faces 10-Year Sentence



On June 3, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Cheyenne Cherry, a 17-year-old
resident of the Bronx, for allegedly killing a two-month-old kitten by burning her to
death in an oven. In addition to cruelty to animals, Cherry was charged with multiple

counts of burglary, arson and criminal mischief. Under New York State law, Cherry is
considered an adult and faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Cherry admits that she broke into the home of an ex-roommate on May 6 with the intent
to "play a joke and mess up her apartment." Cherry and an accomplice allegedly threw
bleach on the walls of the apartment, slashed furniture and stole various items. Before
leaving, the pair put the victim's kitten, Tiger Lily, into the hot oven.

When police arrived at the Bronx apartment to investigate smoke complaints, Tiger Lily
was found dead. Her remains were taken to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where
veterinarians had to perform a necropsy to determine the sex of the badly burned kitten.

According to Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement,
Cherry's explanation for placing the kitten in the oven was simply: "I hate cats."
If you know of a child or teen who is hurting animals, please report his or her behavior
to the proper authorities—kids who assault animals may eventually act out on people.
The ASPCA offers a list of ways to intervene when a child or teen displays dangerous
behavior around animals.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA anonymous tip line at
(877) THE-ASPCA. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty elsewhere.