Prescott Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Suspects of Animal Cruelty

The Prescott Police Department is investigating a felony animal cruelty case that occurred during the early morning hours of July 26, 2021 on the campus of Taylor Hicks Elementary School, 1845 Campbell Avenue.

A Prescott Animal Control Supervisor responded later that morning and discovered two kittens were deceased. Both kittens were located in the parking lot of the baseball fields and appeared to have sustained blunt force trauma.

Two other kittens were found alive but were severely dehydrated, thin, and covered in urine and feces. The two surviving kittens were transported to a local animal hospital and received medical treatment.

Through investigation, it was learned that three, possibly four males were making noise in the parking lot just adjacent to the baseball fields on the north end of the campus, just after midnight.

Video surveillance was obtained from the school. While the video still images are of poor quality, it appears the suspects are male juveniles. The juveniles appear to be white, thin to medium build, with dark hair. Two of the suspects appear to be wearing white or light-colored Nike athletic shoes. Another male subject appears to be wearing dark-colored low-cut Nike shoes. It is believed the juveniles saw the cameras while climbing on the roof of the school and attempted to conceal their faces.

The Prescott Police Department encourages anyone with knowledge of these individuals or incident to contact Shannon Gray, Animal Control Supervisor at (928) 777-1982, or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

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