LAS VEGAS -- Two animal rights groups are offering rewards for information leading to an arrest in a brutal animal abuse case.
A Las Vegas animal shelter said Clark County Animal Control brought in six kittens believed to have been pummeled with rocks.
Animal Control officers told hospital personnel they received a report of teens throwing rocks at a pregnant cat with the six kittens badly hurt and one of them having its head ripped off.
Clinic staff say it's one of the worst cases of animal abuse they have ever seen. Licensed veterinary technician Patrick Harp was on duty last week when he said Animal Control brought the injured kittens into the Haven Animal Hospital.
"Two of them were actually deceased when they got here. One of them, unfortunately, was partially decapitated. We ended up having to euthanize another one," Harp said. "It was just in such horrible shape. I mean, no one wants to see any form of animal cruelty, and for something like this to come in, it really breaks your heart."
Harp said Animal Control officers reported teens were throwing rocks at the mother cat while she was possibly giving birth. Officers found the kittens inside the Chapel Hills Apartment Complex.
Authorities have made no arrests and that concerns animal rights activists. Stacia Newman and her organization Nevada Political Action for Animals are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
"I would really beg people that live in the complex here don't be afraid to offer information. Anything that you feel isn't significant, it might be very important to report that," Newman said.
This kitten killing is the latest in a recent string of animal abuse cases. Two teen boys were convicted earlier this year under Nevada's tough new Cooney's Law that makes harming or killing an animal a felony.
Metro Police are assisting Clark County Animal Control in investigating this animal cruelty case. A section in Cooney's Law prohibits most of the information about these types of cases from becoming public.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Metro Police or Clark County Animal Control.