Kitten death: youths identified

Vehicles outside Ohai Police Station. Photo: NZ Police.

Police have been making enquiries into a disturbing video shared online, which shows a kitten stoned to death.

Constable Chris Wakeline says they have identified those responsible, who are all aged between 11 and 16 years old.  

“The offenders will all be interviewed and referred to the Invercargill Youth Services team for appropriate action.

“We have also worked with the SPCA to remove three further kittens from the home of one of the offenders. Those kittens will be checked over and rehomed by the SPCA,” says Chris.

“We recognise that the content of the video has been extremely upsetting for people across New Zealand.  Our staff have also been sickened by the video.  

“We’d like to thank all those in the community who provided information to assist with our enquiries.” 


@ Morepork

Posted on 23-04-2018 07:01 | By BennyBenson

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of NZ putting a lifetime ban on pet ownership, it’s usually a ridiculously short amount of time. However, I would absolutely support a "lifetime" ban in some circumstances where it involves an adult and repeated offences. Unfortunately, unlike yourself, I do not believe that every body can be rehabilitated. Some people are just missing the "chip" in their circuitry that makes them decent human beings.

@Capt Caveman

Posted on 14-12-2017 15:03 | By morepork

I understand and share your outrage at this, but "never" is a very long time. If the approach you suggest is adopted, it is saying that there can be no redemption or change of heart, and that kind of makes "justice" pointless. It lapses into "punishment", which really achieves nothing. The purpose of a Justice system should be to stimulate said change of heart, rehabiliate offenders, and compensate the victims (where possible). If these kids live to be 80 (say...) for example, do you seriously think they would still be stoning kittens? I reckon they should be made to work in animal related community service (farms, SPCA...) and only when they had shown they were fit to own and care for a pet should the ban then be lifted. (They also need therapy, as I mentioned.)

golly gosh

Posted on 14-12-2017 13:46 | By old trucker

this picture takes me back to when i was 15, there use to be a post office there with a phone box outside,and we tapped the phone to ring the north island to talk to mum and dad at no cost, anyway this story is sick and their photos should be put on screen for all to see, nothing will happen with them, i bet back in the day, i would have dealt to them, and they would not sit down for weeks and have to eat off the mantle piece,my thoughts only on this ,Sunlive, Thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.


Posted on 14-12-2017 08:18 | By Capt_Kaveman

THEY should never be allowed pets again


Posted on 13-12-2017 18:04 | By wisewhiteguy

They need a bloody good biff and so do the parents for not teaching them the difference between good and bad. Shame on them.


Posted on 13-12-2017 17:48 | By Christine1965

Let me at them! If only.

These kids need corrective therapy.

Posted on 13-12-2017 17:17 | By morepork

I really hope they get it, but they probably won’t. It is frightening to think there is a generation on the way who think this behaviour is OK. Action needs to be taken now.


Posted on 13-12-2017 17:00 | By overit

Now for an appropriate punishment.

Nothing will happen cause they're underage...

Posted on 13-12-2017 16:55 | By Corubakid

This is so wrong... they knew what they were doing. They’re not too young that they don’t understand what they did was horrendous/cruel (I couldn’t/wouldn’t watch the video), the description was enough to make me feel sick to the stomach & so upset for that poor defenseless little kitten. They’ll probably get a slap on the wrist, some community work & that will be that. Until the next time ... probably something way worse! Let’s watch & see what they get for their punishment :(

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