FOX 4 Investigation: Are KC animal abusers being held accountable for cruelty?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The numbers are staggering. Kansas City's no-kill animal shelter took 470 reports of animal abuse and neglect in just the last year.

Workers at KC Pet Project see horrific cases of animal cruelty every day. Some are gunshot victims, others are strangled and beaten, and there’s also a recent high-profile case of a dog named Ace who was locked inside a carrier and left to die with a traumatic head injury.

But is justice being served?

In the past two years there have been a total of 633 animal cruelty cases filed in municipal court, and only 3 were referred as felony cases to Jackson or Clay county prosecutors.

A FOX 4 investigation set out to find what Kansas City is doing about people who commit these unspeakable acts of cruelty. Watch Abby Eden’s full report in the video.