Records: Woman killed kittens in retaliation

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A 21-year-old Florida woman, who reportedly retaliated against a woman she stole prescription medication from by crushing her three kittens, is being sought for failing to appear in court last month.

Ashley Barnes, who lives in Florida, was charged April 17 with three counts of felony animal cruelty

Ashley Barnes, who lives in Florida, was charged April 17 with three counts of felony animal cruelty.

She was scheduled to appear in court April 25 on the felony charges but failed to appear.

At this point, it is not known if she is still in the area or returned to Florida, authorities said.

The incident occurred April 6 when the kittens’ owner confronted Barnes, who had been staying in her Millsboro home, about stealing her prescription medication, according to court records.

Barnes, who the owner said “appeared to be under the influence of medications,” reportedly became very upset by the accusation, and the woman called a friend to come over to her house to control Barnes until police arrived.

The woman then noticed the door to the bedroom where the kittens were kept was open – and it was usually kept closed.

When the woman went to check on the kittens, she picked one up and it was bloody, according to court records.

Another of the kittens had its intestines hanging out.

When state troopers arrived, animal control officers from the SPCA were called to the residence, police said.

Barnes, who police say had grabbed a knife and was threatening to kill herself, was taken to Dover Behavioral Health for a mental evaluation by the trooper.

SPCA Executive Director Anne Cavanaugh said the three kittens were taken to a local veterinarian.

On the way there, one kitten died and the other two had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries, she said.

Police are asking anyone with information on Barnes’ whereabouts to call the SPCA shelter in Georgetown at 856-6361

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Woman accused of killing kittens

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DOVER, Del. — 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 counts of animal cruelty.

Barnes was arrested on April 17 and released on 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 says Barnes had been staying in Delaware for only about five weeks, and that she may have returned to Florida.

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