NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating two kittens who were found burned in an alley, with a can of lighter fluid laid on top of their carcasses, by a woman who had taken in the kittens’ mother as a stray.

Dottie Plants tells New Castle police the stray cat she found earlier this year gave birth to four kittens in May. She was trying to find homes for the cats when two of them disappeared on Friday.

A day later, Plants’ sister contacted her to say the missing kittens had been burned in an alley behind a local grocery store in this city about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Police Chief Thomas Sansone says police are looking into the incident. Plants says whoever did this “has no respect for life or himself.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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