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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Burning of kittens investigated
The police are seeking information about the kitten incident
An investigation into an incident in which four kittens were found burned to death in County Londonderry is continuing, police have said.

The remains of three of the kittens were found after a grass fire at a house in Freehall Road in Castlerock last Friday. A fourth was found nearby.

It is understood a fifth was rescued, and although badly injured, rehomed.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them at Coleraine station.

A spokeswoman for Oak Tree Animal Rescue Centre told the Coleraine Times newspaper that the incident was "an appalling act of cruelty".

"A neighbour, who reported the incident to us, actually heard the animals screaming and managed to rescue one of the kittens.

"She was unable to go back to try and rescue more of the kittens because of the intensity of the blaze," she said.

The spokeswoman said the penalties for animal cruelty were too lenient in Northern Ireland.

"In America you can get up to seven years in prison for causing cruelty to animals," she said.

"We see a lot of cruelty to animals, but these were helpless little kittens that couldn't escape. It is senseless."

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