Probably. Some lady had three kittens that she didn't know what to do with and was to lazy to take them to the humane society so she fed them chocolate until they died. Another person flushed a kitten down the toilet (while it was alive). This is why I hate earth. Humans are so cruel to animals.
If it is the world/local news, it probably did happen. Those news programs are not like "Tabloid" news. They are required to report the truth to the best of their knowledge, and they verify facts first.