A man and a woman in their 20s have been charged with multiple counts of pet cruelty after allegedly giving their 10-year-old cubs a “vicious, vicious” beating that left the animals with permanent injuries.
The case was reported by the Arizona Republic and is being investigated by the Animal Welfare League of Arizona, which is an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.
According to a press release from the Arizona Department of Justice, the couple, who live in the Phoenix suburb of Tucson, were arrested on April 10 after police were called to the park.
“An investigation into the animal abuse of a 10-week-old female cub found the cubs to be in need of immediate medical care and intensive veterinary care,” said the release.
A police report says that the couple was seen at the park “with two other young cubs.”
The cubs’ injuries included “fractured ribs, broken ribs, fractured ribs and internal bleeding,” according to the report.
The cubs also suffered “facial injuries consistent with being hit by a baseball bat.”
The couple was “satisfied with the findings of the investigation, and are considering civil litigation,” according the release, adding that they have been “disciplined” by their parents.