A 14-year-old teenager from Richmond, Virginia was arrested on Friday and charged with felony animal cruelty after he allegedly provoked his dog to attack a neighbor's cat and kill it reported the TimesDispatch.com.
A witness videotaped two other teens who had their two dogs in the cat owner's yard at the 2100 block of Selden Street in the East End last weekend. When neighbors yelled at the teens to stop, the three youngsters ran away. The 14-year-old was identified by a neighbor.
The cat's owner, Morris Parker, 65, told authorities the kids have been in his area before. Parker has "No Trespassing" signs posted as well as a fence around his yard and loves his cats and treats them as part of the family.
According to the video, which was only released to the news media, the TimesDispatch stated it showed one dog biting down on the cat and shaking the cat vigorously until the defenseless animal was obviously dead. The teen then ordered the dog, by swatting him several times, to drop the cat's limp body out of his mouth. The other teens were laughing and cheering the dog on as their dogs watched.
Authorities are still searching for the other two teens. If you have any information, please contact Lt. Jody Blackwell at (804) 646-3387 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Rest in peace sweet cat.
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