3 teens arrested in SW Wash. cat shootings

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BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) -- Police in the southwest Washington city of Battle Ground say they've arrested three male teenagers who admitted shooting at least 50 cats.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Gilberti said Monday that an officer was investigating a report of a cat shooting on Sunday when he stopped a Ford Explorer that matched the description of a vehicle involved in the shooting. In addition to the three teens, he found two .22-caliber rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition. The teens were booked into juvenile detention for investigation of offenses including animal cruelty and drive-by shooting.

Gilberti says police believe the arrest of the two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old will close five cat shooting cases in Battle Ground in recent months and several other cases just outside city limits.