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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