Teen arrested for animal cruelty after cat-throwing video goes viral
Police in Ontario, California have arrested a 16-year-old after footage of a kitten being thrown into the air and landing in a street went viral on Twitter over the weekend.
The video shows a teen holding a white kitten while someone records on a cellphone. The teen launches the kitten, and it soars through the air before landing in the middle of a street. The kitten can be heard meowing in distress on the pavement before the video ends.
Watch the video below. [WARNING: GRAPHIC]
if y’all know this kid just let him know I want his fade pic.twitter.com/pAtIyrrXx3
— Donald 🌻 (@_donaldberry) December 2, 2017
The kitten suffered a fractured leg, according to a statement made Saturday on the Ontario Police Department's Twitter:
We are investigating the animal cruelty to a cat video. We have located the cat & owner. The cat has leg fracture but is going to be ok.— Ontario Police Dept. (@OntarioPD) December 2, 2017
On Monday, police released a statement saying they arrested a suspect who ran from officers before being tackled:
The Suspect in the Cat Abuse Video has been ARRESTED! He was spotted by officers today in Upland. He ran from the officers but was quickly tackled and arrested. The injured cat is at a veterinarian hospital being looked after and is in good condition. pic.twitter.com/c7oiRwgNO6— Ontario Police Dept. (@OntarioPD) December 4, 2017
According to KNBC, the kitten's name is Spots. The feline was recovering at an Inland Empire animal hospital on Sunday.
Spots now has a cast on one leg and wrapping on another leg. The vet said she suffered internal injuries as well. Spots will be staying at the animal hospital so that vets can monitor her progress.
The name of the 16-year-old suspect would not be disclosed, due to his age.
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