In Newark, New Jersey, a woman has been charged with animal cruelty and assault on Saturday after a disturbing viral video caught her throwing a cat off a third-floor balcony. According to NJ.com, Tikeemah J. Lassiter, 19, had been visiting relatives at the 300 block of South Orange Avenue on Thursday when she picked up the cat and tossed it off the balcony.
A witness recorded the egregious situation of the woman throwing a cat and posted the video on social media immediately causing outrage among readers and animal advocates. A “call to action” was soon posted on Facebook asking everyone to share the video to expose the person responsible for the heinous deed.
“Call to ACTION!!! (graphic video of girl throwing kitten over balcony for fun) Share to make this video go VIRAL!
We need to expose who is responsible & report them to police-#Newark#NJ
Newark, New Jersey Police Department
Via Michele Symmons Goldberg
Please help find this girl and have her be held accountable- her name is (allegedly) Tikee Gee and she lives in #Newark.”
In the video, the cat can be seen landing on the concrete sidewalk below. The defenseless animal is so shocked (and possibly injured) she didn’t move from the spot. Laughter could be heard in the background as Lassiter allegedly tossed the cat.
The cat did survive and has been seized by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The cat did not belong to Lassiter.
(Photo of throwing a cat and Lassiter via Department of Public Safety)
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Video of woman throwing a cat is very graphic and disturbing: