On Wednesday, the Washougal Police Department, in the State of Washington, arrested a 17-year-old male and charged him with first degree animal cruelty in the alleged despicable crime of intentionally running over a cat with his vehicle.
According to the Camas-Wahougal Post-Record, the unidentified youth was taken into custody and released to his parents. The youth told authorities he didn't mean to run over the cat and was trying to avoid hitting the animal, although he was not able to explain why he swerved his car onto the curb towards the cat. He stated he returned to the spot where the cat laid dying, to help.
Last Friday evening, witnesses called the police and reported a white late model SUV speeding east on the 2700 block of H Street and aiming his vehicle directly at a cat who had safely made it to the opposite curb. Even more disturbing were reports that were heard coming from the vehicle of passengers yelling, "hit it, hit it." The vehicle returned to the area where the cat was hit three times.
The case is being referred to the Clark County Juvenile Court.
Let's hope if the teen is found guilty of this terrible crime towards an innocent animal, the cat who died for no reason finds some justice. Let's hope Clark County shows the world they will not tolerate animal cruelty.
The owner of the cat has not been found.
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