Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Killing Grandparent’s Kitten

Matthew Harper

Matthew Harper (ASGDC)

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – An 18-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly killing his grandparent’s kitten.

Authorities say Matthew Harper is charged with ill treatment of animals for killing the 6-month-old kitten on Hemphill Road on Friday, March 11 by cutting the kitten in the upper body.

He turned himself in to investigators on Tuesday, April 5.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Harper, killed the kitten while the victim was out of town; an anonymous Crimestoppers tip lead to the identity of Harper.

Sheriff Lott asks that if you know of anypets being abused or neglected, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any og the following ways: call toll-free, 888-CRIMES-SC 9888-274-6372), text CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to:, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.

Harper is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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