Originally Published: February 26, 2009 2:20 p.m.
On Feb. 7 when Prescott Valley police got calls about a woman screaming and what sounded like a cat being thrown around, they went to the Terraces at Glassford Hill apartment of a 21-year-old woman and found a dead 8-month-old tabby kitten named Peppermint Pattie.
The kitten's condition lead police and Animal Control officers to investigate animal cruelty charges against Laura Ann King, the animal's owner.
On Feb. 8 police returned to King's apartment and arrested her on charges of felony animal cruelty, police said in a press release.
King posted bond and authorities released her from jail on Feb. 10.
Police sent the kitten's body to the Arizona Diagnostic Laboratory in Tucson for an autopsy. Authorities there cited numerous injuries to the kitten that were the result of blunt force trauma, police said.
Authorities are pursuing felony and misdemeanor charges against King for animal cruelty and disorderly conduct, police said.
Police urge the public to take seriously the crime of cruelty to animals and to report any suspected cases. Police investigate cases brought to their attention aggressively, the release said.