Teen faces felony animal cruelty after throwing a kitten into body of water

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In Patterson, California, a teen faces felony animal cruelty charges after he was arrested on Friday morning following a video that surfaced showing him throwing a kitten into a body of water. Although speculation still does not pinpoint the exact area where the incident occurred, authorities think the kitten could have been thrown at a water treatment plant located at the Delta-Mendota Canal.

According to Fox5SanDiegoNews, a senior in high school, Garratt Haile, who turned 18 years of age this week, has been charged and arrested in this disturbing crime. The video is thought to have been filmed a year ago in a private Facebook group for “local residents.” The 11-second disturbing clip included the following words:

“Welcome to badass, and this is Felipe the flying cat.”

At that point the kitten is hurled through the air by the scruff of his neck and tossed far into the water. A press release by the Patterson Police Services Chief Jeff Dirkse stated:


“During the overnight hours, deputies continued their investigation and were able to identify the subject as 18-year old Garratt Haile of Patterson. Deputies were able to contact Garratt at his residence and interview him. Garratt was arrested this morning at about 8:00 AM and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for felony animal cruelty. It is believed this incident occurred several months ago and that several other subjects were with Garratt at the time the video was recorded. Detectives are still investigating this incident to identify other subjects and the location where the incident took place. This is an excellent example of the public’s cooperation and we certainly appreciate it. With calls we received and the information shared to us via social media, we were able to quickly investigate, identify, and make an arrest in this case.”

It is expected that Haile will be charged as a minor since he was only 17 when the incident occurred. Many people believe he should be charged as an adult which would incur a much harsher punishment. The person who videoed the film could also face animal cruelty charges as well as any others who may have been involved.

Ironically Haile was a successful student and played both football and golf in school. What was this teen thinking allegedly throwing a kitten into the water?

To view the video, please click here. (Warning: extremely violent and disturbing)

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21 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I hope he gets charged as an adult, he was old enough to know better! This is happening more and more and kids know they’ll only get a slap on the wrist! The laws need to change and each should be tried on a case by case basis!

  2. Nadya Rossi says:

    He’ll get off. Mommy and Daddy will pay a small fine, a lenient judge will dismiss the charges.There is no justice for animals on modern day America.

  3. Janie L. says:

    Drown the worthless piece of crap and everyone involved in the cruel treatment of this kitten. That one kitten’s life was worth more than the lives of all of the humans involved put together.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Really harsh punishments for anyone, regardless of age needs to be enforced. There has to be some enforcement that has teeth to it and affect that person in a negative way. Let their lives be ruined the way they did to that defenseless cat.

    • Bunny Peters says:

      Agreed. Beyond disgusting…. Throw him in prison and lose the keys…..

      WTF was he thinking???

      Poor kitty…. deserved to have a long life….. did NOT deserve to die “as entertainment” for this POS……

      I know that anyone who is intentionally cruel to a furbaby will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty…… hope they get there ASAP……. after suffering a terrible death alone and afraid…..

      RIP poor furbaby, you didn’t deserve what happened to you. Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will introduce you to his wonderful snuggle buddies……

  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    HURRAY!!!!!!!! HERE is one COMMUNITY and responsible individual’s willing to TAKE A STAND against Animal ABUSE … IT is about TIME!!! HELL this issue of Maiming, Trauma, Disemboweling , Torching, of EVERY SPECIES has become EPIDEMIC!!!! Thank YOU Officials, and Citizens, of Patterson CA. from another Western State Citizen who Wants this ABUSE to Be Curtailed!!!

  6. susispot says:

    Fling him into a water treatment sludge pond. Sounds fair to me. I hope the kitten made it out and to safety. What a brain dead high school athlete.

  7. maxiemom says:

    Definitely needs to be charged as an adult as does the filth who filmed this. This makes me absolutely SICK! None of this letting him get off with a slap on the wrist because it will ‘ruin his life’, either: he’s a vile, disgusting MURDERER who deserves to have his life ruined!

  8. Marni says:

    Already a psycho. What a lack of compassion and not only that, how stupid and cruel. The camera person must face charges. please.

  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    This punk named Garratt Haile is 18 so he is an adult – DO NOT LET THIS BASTARD GET OFF – his cruelty has proven he is nothing more than a useless waste and needs to be treated like one. Stick his punk white ass in prison and let the inmates give him the punishment he deserves – let him become a victim – I hope he is used, abused and taken advantage of in every way possible.

  10. Red says:

    This twit should be tried as an adult MONSTER and tossed in jail for awhile…. hopefully he is offered a scholarship somewhere and it will be taken away from him.


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