Georgia Man Fed Live Kittens to His Dog: Cops

Photo of dog with victim in mouth found on owner's cellphone
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 4:40 AM CDT
Tye Hilmo is shown Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in this photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department via the The Journal & Constitution. According to authorities, Hilmo, 21, captured neighborhood...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 21-year-old Georgia man has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly trapping and injuring kittens before feeding them, alive, to his pet pit bull, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A search of his home turned up two pounds of marijuana, firearms and the mangled bodies of two missing kittens, according to police.

The man's cell phone contains a picture captioned "Good Dog," showing a dog with a kitten in its mouth, said a police spokeswoman. The animal cruelty charges carry a penalty of one to five years in prison and a maximum $15,000 fine. He's also charged with drug and weapons offenses.