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SUFFOLK --The Suffolk Humane Society, Saturday, publicly thanked a young boy who intervened trying to save a kitten from abuse at the hands of a 12 year old.

In a news release, Michele Thames, President of the Society's Board, acknowledged all the accolades the boy is receiving as being deserved.

'It is very difficult to stand up for what is right and it is never right to harm an animal in an act of violence. The Suffolk Humane Society would like to publicly thank this boy for his heroic actions. Our hope is that all children will feel empowered to stand up for what is right and just as they grow up. ' the release said.

The incident happened on Saturday, May 28th, when a 12 year old child threw a kitten against a wall, kicked the kitten and attempted to stab the kitten with a pocket knife. Before the 12 year old was able to hurt the kitten with the knife, the other child stepped in and stopped the abuse. Later in the week, the kitten died before it could be put up for adoption

'There are many different reasons why people hurt animals,' said Thames 'and sometimes it is because they are simply cruel. Studies show that there is a correlation between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. For some children, exposure to violence makes committing violent acts more probable. The hope of the Suffolk Humane Society is that the 12 year old child gets the help he needs so that he can stop the cycle of abuse and cruelty.'

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