LaGrange crime: 2 implicated in alleged animal cruelty to kitten, obstruction of officer

Two LaGrange residents face charges in connection with an alleged attack and subsequent abandonment of a kitten, reports state.

According to LaGrange police reports, officers responded to William Andrew Story and Wanda Gail Owens’ Dunson Street home on Aug. 10 about an animal cruelty complaint. They learned that Story, 24, had repeatedly hit a small, black kitten and then left it along with a small, gray kitten by some railroad tracks without food or water, reports state.

Officers found the black kitten “motionless and lethargic.” The gray kitten wasn’t found, police said.

Reports state that Owens, 53, lied to an officer and encouraged Story to lie about where he was at the time. Both were arrested around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Story is charged with animal cruelty. Owens faces a charge of obstruction of officers, police said.

The black cat is recovering from its injuries at Animal Control, reports state.