A 42-year-old man was arrested near Searcy on Thursday and charged preliminarily with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty in regards to kittens being burned to death.

According to Lt. Chancey Warden, the White County Sheriff’s Office went to the 100 block of Blair Street, between the Searcy city limits and Higginson, around 8:45 a.m. and spoke with a resident, Lisa Lemons, concerning two “small kittens” that had been killed and another with an injury to its tail.

Lemons’ husband, Jeremy, was developed as a suspect, Warden wrote. He reportedly was bonding out of the White County Detention Center on “unrelated charges,” but was taken to the sheriff’s office to be interviewed about the animals.

He reportedly gave a “statement of his involvement” and was charged with three class D felonies and booked into jail. Lemons’ bond was set for $30,000 and he remained in custody as of Friday afternoon.

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