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Girl pleads not guilty to mutilating cats

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, January 5, 2000

Saskatoon -- A 12-year-old girl accused in a string of cat mutilations pleaded not guilty yesterday to animal cruelty.

The girl, who can't be named under the Young Offenders Act, will be back in court on April 13 to face trial. Five mutilated cats were found before police made an arrest. An animal-rights group had put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Under new federal legislation, adults convicted of abusing animals face a maximum of five years in prison and unlimited fines. Ottawa has come under fire from animal-welfare groups who wanted stiffer punishments for those who intentionally hurt animals. CP

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