In Middletown, Ohio, a man who lived just a few houses away from a neighborhood cat, is alleged to have set the animal on fire as the defenseless animal ran down the street fully engulfed in flames. Kevin Sullivan, 32, was arraigned on Friday at the Middletown Municipal Court and charged with felony animal cruelty for the September 18 incident.
According to WlwtNews, security cameras captured the disturbing scene as the burning cat ran down the street while residents could be seen with wet towels and bowls of water chasing the animal to try and help.
“The fire was about a foot high off of the cat,” recounted an eyewitness. “I just started crying. I was screaming. I was saying, ‘who would do this to an animal?'”
By the time neighbors were able to capture the cat, it was too late. A police report states an officer shot the cat at the scene to put her out of her misery. When Sullivan was initially interviewed, he told police the cat had run through lighter fluid. After authorities examined the cat and the blanket used to smother the flames, experts stated there were no burn marks on the pads of the cat’s feet indicating she had not run through lighter fluid.
“This is absolutely disturbing, and this guy definitely needs to be off the streets. I have a room for him here in my jail, where he needs to be. I don’t understand people who harm or torture a defenseless animal, it is a very cowardly thing to do,”Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in a previous press release.
Standard bond for a fifth-degree felony is $5,000, however Judge Melynda Cook Howard set the bond for Sullivan at $50,000.
(Photo of Ohio man alleged to have set cat on fire via Butler County Sheriff’s Office arraigned in court.)
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