The Akron police have charged Trevonte Mitchell with first degree misdemeanor animal cruelty to a companion animal for viciously kicking a cat in a Facebook video which went viral this week reported the Akron Beacon Journal.
The video which showed Mitchell, 18, seemingly luring a friendly cat over to him as he walked down Buchtel Avenue and then, without any provocation, kick the cat as hard as he could sending the defenseless animal flying through the air. The cat survived and ran away.
After the dastardly deed, Mitchell laughed. The entire act of random cruelty was videoed by Mitchell's friend, Roy Hill.
According to Akron Police Captain Daniel Zampelli, Mitchell admitted to the deed and expressed his sorrow for the act stating he just wasn't thinking.
The video first appeared on a Facebook page, "Ohio Animal Abuser List" and spread quickly among the animal advocate and rescue communities. The video, with more than 3,000 shares, was removed by Facebook since it violated its terms of service showing acts of animal cruelty.
The "Ohio Animal Abuser List" states the page has been created to help protect the animals and humans of Ohio:
"1. If you are listed here, it means you have either been in court, arrested, charged or convicted of abuse to an animal, caused or condoned the abuse of an animal OR done something shady concerning animals such as flipping, theft, forgery or stealing.
2. I ONLY post information that is PUBLIC information meaning anyone can go look it up or get records. I do not post hearsay or BS.
3. DO NOT MESSAGE ME YOU WANT OFF THE LIST FOR WHATEVER REASON. I honestly don't care what you have to say."
There is no animal abuser registry in Ohio.
Mitchell is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. If found guilty, he faces a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
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