There wasn't any laughter for Andre Robinson on Tuesday, as he left jail in Brooklyn after being charged with aggravated animal cruelty for kicking a neighborhood stray cat like a football, and then launching the helpless small animal over 10 feet into the air reported CBS New York.
Robinson, 21, was arrested after a torturous video posted on Facebook last Friday, showed Robinson first petting the gray and white cat and then kicking the cat as hard as he could, while his friends as well as Robinson, laughed hysterically.
The video went viral, and not because anyone found it entertaining; the graphic details of the cat being hurled into the air were extremely distressing.
Authorities were able to track down the exact location of the video as the Brevoort House in the Bedford Stuyvesant section, where Robinson lives with his mother. A neighbor, who often fed the cat, identified Robinson as the person who kicked the cat.
On Tuesday, the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, and some helpful policemen, chased the cat named King until he was safely captured. The once friendly cat wanted nothing to do with any humans, and obviously who could blame King, but he was taken to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be examined by a veterinarian. It isn't known if the cat had any serious injuries.
Sadly, Robinson hasn't face many consequences for his evil, punk deed. He was released from jail with no bond and is scheduled to appear in court in earlyJune.
According to the New York Daily News, Robinson has eight prior arrests, including one arrest for a knife-point robbery. Prosecutor Betsy Grobovsky asked that Robinson be held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
"The defendant coaxed a cat, a gray and white neighborhood cat," stated Ms. Grobovsky. "The defendant kicked the cat, causing the cat to fly approximately eight to 10 feet up in the air."
Robinson then "faced the camera and maniacally laughed. " A veterinarian told police that "such a kick will result in serious injury."
Please note that the video may be extremely disturbing to some viewing audiences.
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