BLACK LICK, Pa. (AP) – State police plan to charge a 17-year-old Indiana County boy with animal cruelty for decapitating a cat with a hatchet.

Police announced their intentions Tuesday, although the incident occurred Oct. 12.

That’s when police say the Black Lick boy first injured the cat by kicking it. According to a news release, the boy then cut off the cat’s head “due to injuries sustained.”

The cat was owned by a 50-year-old woman. Police didn’t say whether she knew or was related to the boy, who isn’t being identified because he’ll be charged in juvenile court.

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