LEWISTON — Police said a Lewiston woman is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly dumping four newborn kittens in the trash earlier this month. Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout said 43-year-old Stacy Monahan was charged Tuesday.

Strout told the Sun Journal he interviewed Monahan after a pair of witnesses said she might be responsible for dumping the kittens, which were found Aug. 12. Strout said the kittens were left in a large trash container near Monahan’s home.

The kittens were found covered with fleas and maggots and with their umbilical cords still attached. The kittens were taken to the Androscoggin Humane Society, where three ended up dying. The fourth has been adopted and is thriving.

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