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Phoenix Woman Accused of Tossing Kitten Off Balcony, Killing It

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A Phoenix woman is accused of throwing a kitten off the balcony of her third-floor apartment, killing it.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, neighbors heard 49-year-old Patricia Gaffin arguing loudly with her children before tossing the kitten over the balcony.

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Multiple neighbors witnessed Gaffin throw the kitten at the apartment complex near 15th Avenue and Hatcher Road.

According to a police probable-cause statement, Gaffin "later admitted to being a 'kitten killer' and attempted to justify her actions due to the fact that the kitten had urinated on the new carpet in her apartment."

Gaffin was booked into jail on a felony animal-cruelty charge but was released without having to post bond. She is to be supervised during her release, according to a judge's order.

Court documents indicate Gaffin has been involved in prior domestic-violence incidents.

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