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* La Preda Thomas Accused Of Severely Injuring Cats And Kittens In Oakland

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An Oakland woman accused of hurting more than 15 cats and kittens for the past three years has been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office with felony animal abuse, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Oakland Animal Services first noticed La Preda Thomas in 2006 when she was found on numerous occasions with cats or kittens she claimed to have rescued but that had serious and unusual injuries, including multiple broken limbs, puncture wounds and severely injured eyes,Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.In 2007, animal services seized a cluster of kittens from Thomas’ home that had been left in a cage in the sun with no water, according to Thomason.Two of those kittens each had a front leg that was completely broken in half in almost identical locations, he said.Other cats she owned had their claws cut off, sometimes with portions of the toes removed, according to Thomason.Animal services learned Thomas was on probation for burglary, which meant they could search her residence. Her home was searched in July and September, both of which turned up severely injured kittens or cats, Thomason said.The Montclair Veterinary Clinic is caring for those felines, he said, and all are recovering.Thomas was arraigned Friday and has allegedly denied hurting any animals. She is in custody awaiting her preliminary hearing, Thomason said.

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