The RCMP in B.C.'s Okanagan are recommending charges of animal cruelty against three high school students accused of beating a cat to death.

Police launched an investigation in May after one of the students involved wrote about the killing on a Facebook page.

If convicted the youths, who are all older than 14, could face a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, Const. Rose Dunsmore said Wednesday.

She would not discuss details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation. Nor does she know when charges could be approved.

Dunsmore said the teens don't have a criminal record as far as she knows.

The students returned to classes at Westsyde Secondary School this week after being suspended last spring when students at the school began talking about the cat killing after the Facebook posting.