Philly.com reports that Andre Robinson gained King's trust by pretending to befriend him. The video shows Robinson luring King over to him and petting him. Those phony "friendly" gestures were followed by his saying to his friends "watch this," and then viciously kicking King 20 feet into the air. Afterwards, you can hear Robinson and his friends breaking out in hysterical laughter.
Robinson thought his act of cruelty was so worthy of praise that he posted the video to social media. Unfortunately for Robinson, it had the opposite affect.
Animal lovers around the world were outraged over the posting and demanded that the-then-unknown perpetrator be identified and brought to justice. It worked.
Robinson has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty. In New York, that is a felony for which he faces up to two years in state prison. Source
As for King, ASPCA Blog reports that he was located and received emergency veterinary care. "King is currently recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and will continue to receive treatment and close monitoring as he heals. It is still too soon to discuss a timeline for King’s adoptability."
While Robinson's mother says her son must have been "high on something," according to the Brooklyn News Corp, animal lovers don't care what was behind such an egregious act against a trusting, defenseless animal.
He is - as some publications have referred to him - a "punk."
The nature of Robinson's act of cruel and sadistic violence on another living being unable to protect himself is the kind that can be perpetrated only by a bully. By definition, a bully is always a coward because they will only intimidate and harm others much weaker than they are. Yes. Robinson is more than just a "punk." He is a coward in the truest sense of the word.
The video evidence that Robinson himself posted on social media is overwhelming. He knows it. The prosecutors know it. It would be too easy to accept a plea bargain; however, animals lovers and animal rights advocates are hoping this will not be the case.
What this coward did goes against the norms and values of a civilized society. Laws enacted to protect animals don't mean anything if they are not enforced. Securing a conviction for aggravated animal cruelty and sentencing Robinson to the maximum allowable will send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
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