Walter Easley appeared in front of an Orangeburg Court magistrate on Tuesday and was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after authorities tracked down Easley as the despised Internet kitten kicker. The 17-year-old teen posted a six second Vine video which showed him laughing as he allegedly kicked a defenseless kitten - sending the frightened feline flying into the air.
Fortunately for the kitten, he seemed to have walked away without any injuries after having been kicked.
According to Live5News.com, Easely posted the video on July 28. Indeed the video went viral, but the blatant act of cruelty showing the teen making a "stupid face" as if the action of animal cruelty was a joke, didn't quite achieve the kind of attention the kid had hoped to garner. What Easley got instead - was an Internet campaign of angry animal defending super sleuths who identified Easely as the culprit.
In fact humane advocates were so irate, an online petition started by Raqib Hug titled "Bring Walter Easley, the kitten kicker, to justice" has over 3600 signatures demanding justice for the despicable act. The author of the petition stated:
Part of me is glad he posted that original Vine, it makes finding creatures like him a lot easier. I'm even gladder he's dumb enough to publicly post what state he's in!
The Daily Dot states:
Easley became Internet infamous on Aug. 11 after Reddit and 4chan tracked down the horrific Vine video. After the video went viral, Easley deleted the record, but not before the Daily Dot preserved it as a GIF.
On Monday authorities from the Orangeburg Sheriff's Office and an officer from animal control went to Easely's school and read him his Miranda rights. The teen told authorities he really didn't kick the cat; the video had been edited, and he actually threw the cat. Authorities determined Easely inflicted unnecessary pain on the cat by throwing the animal and arrested him.
The cat and other pets were removed from the home.
Easely is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 12.
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