Abuse charge dropped in Medford in cat burning

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The Jackson County district attorney's office has dropped the animal abuse charge that was filed against a 17-year-old Shady Cove boy accused of setting a cat on fire.

The office says the teen has an alibi for the time the cat was burned in December and investigators could not disprove it.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/D3CWW0 ) the teen was arrested in February after bragging to an acquaintance about setting a cat on fire.

Residents at Eagle Point, near Medford, who had been feeding the stray discovered burns on its face and beneath its tail. The cat was treated at a shelter and recovered.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/