Woman accused of killing kittens
DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Authorities in Delaware are searching for a Florida woman accused of crushing three kittens to death with her hands.
The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to track down 21-year-old Ashley Barnes, who is charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty.
Barnes was arrested on April 17 and released on $1,000 unsecured bond. A warrant was issued for her after she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 25.
SPCA investigator Amy Nicholson says the incident happened on April 6 while Barnes was staying with friends in Millsboro, and that Barnes may have been under the influence of drugs at the time.
Nicholson said Barnes had been staying in Delaware for only about five weeks, and that she may have returned to Florida.
"I don't even have words for it. [The kittens] didn't ask for this and there's no reason anybody should be that cruel," said Teresa Ferrell, president of Josie's Place, an animal rescue operation in Delaware.
Anyone with information on Barnes' whereabouts is asked to call the SPCA Georgetown Shelter at (302) 856-6361.
UPDATE: As of 5/9/2012 Barnes was apprehended by Wilmington Police and taken into custody.