Williamsburg man charged with animal cruelty after kittens treated for broken bones, other injuries

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-14 19:52:32-05

Williamsburg - Zada and Zoe are 10-month-old kittens. Although they haven't been alive long, police say they have already dealt with head trauma, eye swelling, broken ribs, punctured lungs and a broken femur.

"Our animal control officers were contacted on January 9th by a local veterinary hospital," explained Stephanie Williams, Spokesperson with the James City County Police Department. "They had concerns about two kittens that they had seen on multiple occasions with rather traumatic injuries."

During an investigation, Animal Control officers charged Stelios Sinaplidis,the owner's roommate, with two counts of animal cruelty. Police say Sinaplidis admitted to injuring the kittens.

"He had thrown it off of the kitchen table when it had climbed up on the table and that resulted in a broken leg," said Williams.

On the phone on Wednesday, Sinaplidis claims that he only accidentally injured one of the kittens once and says he doesn't deserve to have animal cruelty charges filed against him.

 According to police, Sinaplidis is being cooperative. He is no longer allowed to be around the kittens. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 13.