The juvenile suspected of being the punk that was videoed on Snapchat hurling a defensive cat onto an Ontario street has been arrested. According to the Ontario Police Department news release, the unidentified teen had been spotted by police and tried to run away when he was tackled by officers and taken into custody in Upland.
The suspect has been described as a 16-year-old boy from Ontario and was arrested about 1:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon near Seventy Street and Boyle Avenue. In a Twitter statement, police stated:
“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.”
The investigation began on Saturday in Fontana, California, when a nine-second video posted to social networks Snapchat and Twitter went viral showing a teen throwing a cat into the street as if it were a football. The video showed the boy holding a cat in his arms for a moment and then launching the animal at least 20 yards into the air. The frightened cat could be heard meowing and whining as it hit the street.
By Saturday evening, the Ontario Police tweeted they had found the cat and her owner. The cat named Spots is currently under the care of a South California veterinarian hospital and suffers from a broken leg. Her other leg has also been injured and internal injuries are suspected. Meanwhile, Spots is resting comfortably and will remain at the hospital while she recuperates.
The teen has been booked into the San Bernardino County Jail on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.
(Photos of punk suspected in cat tossing video via Snapchat)
(Photo of cat via Facebook)
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