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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman is facing animal cruelty and abuse charges, accused of killing a kitten by throwing it off a third-floor balcony.

Patricia Gaffin, 49, had her initial court appearance Tuesday. She was released with conditions including a prohibition on her coming into contact with any pets.

Phoenix police were called to Gaffin's home Sunday morning after neighbors said they saw her throw a kitten off a balcony on the heels of an argument with her children.

Court records showed Gaffin later told police investigators that she was a "kitten killer."

She told police she killed the pet because kittens had urinated on the new carpet in her apartment.

Gaffin has a May 12 status conference in her case and a preliminary hearing four days later.

Associated Press,

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