Four children facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly hurting cat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - UPDATE (WyomingNewsNow) -

Cheyenne Animal Shelter CEO Sue Castaneda says the cat is doing well. The cat, named "Kal-El" by the staff, is said to be friendly despite his injuries. After posting about the incident on Facebook, the shelter raised more than $1,500, covering Kal-El's medical expenses. Sue adds that the cat has many people already wanting to adopt him.

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Cheyenne Animal Control Officers and the Cheyenne Police were called to the scene of an apartment building on Sunday, May 11 where a small group of children, ages 8-13, had thrown the neighbor's one-year-old cat from a third-floor balcony. Officers arrived as the children had retrieved the cat from the sidewalk and were planning a second round.

The owner surrendered the cat to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter where he was immediately triaged by the in-house medical team. His teeth and gums were bruised and bloody but despite his pain, he was friendly. He is currently recuperating at the Shelter.

The Cheyenne Police Officer will be filing an affidavit with the District Attorney's Office to charge all four children with animal cruelty.