Tips lead to arrests after head of cat found on school flagpole |

Tips lead to arrests after head of cat found on school flagpole

Staff Report

RIFLE – Police here arrested two boys Thursday in connection with the gruesome discovery April 1 of a cat’s head impaled on the Rifle Middle School flagpole.

According to a Rifle police news release, tips from the public helped lead them to a 13- and 15-year-old. Neither of the juveniles’ identities was released.

“Police have tentatively determined that the cat was deceased when found by the juveniles,” the news release said. “The juveniles decapitated the cat.

“Pending lab results may reveal further information. The juvenile boys placed the head on a pole as an April Fool’s Day joke,” the report added.

The police investigation showed no link between recently reported missing cats in Rifle and the flagpole incident. Also, no link has been shown between this case and other recent crimes, the news release said. The case has been passed on to the 9th District Attorney’s office.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the boys could face charges of cruelty to animals and second-degree criminal tampering, both misdemeanors.

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