Woman says cat may have been killed by teens

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy has been charged in connection with the killing of a family’s cat in Warren County.

Warren County sheriff’s detective Brian Voss tells KCCI-TV the 16-year-old boy was charged Thursday with reckless use of a firearm and animal abuse He did not release the boy’s name.

The charges come after Michelle Roth told deputies she saw four teenage boys in her yard on Monday. The next day her daughters sent text messages saying the boys were bragging at school about killing the cat and dumping it in a ditch.

Roth says as she was talking to sheriff’s deputies, one of the boys and his mother came over to apologize. She says the boy told her another boy shot her cat with a rifle.