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Wisconsin man and woman accused of neutering kittens with a razor

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 19:14:47-04

A Wisconsin father and a daughter have been charged with felony animal abuse after police say they admitted to neutering cats with a razor blade. 

William Miller, 69, of Onalaska and his daughter Melissa Miller, 43, of La Crosse are both charged with felony mistreatment of animals and could face up to three and a half years behind bars if convicted. 

According to a criminal complaint, William neutered two of Melissa's three cats using a razor blade inside Melissa's apartment. They then disinfected the wounds with peroxide.

A police officer on scene found the two cats but said they were skittish and would not let the officer near them. 

When police asked Melissa if the cats were neutered improperly, she responded, “Why would it matter if that happened?”

Melissa said the event was gruesome, and after the fact, she did not believe it was the right thing to do.

Melissa and William both said they thought a professional veterinarian would have been better, but they could not afford one. 

The cats were taken by La Crosse Animal Control.