A Frayser teen is facing felony animal cruelty charges after a cat kicking incident that appeared on social media. The Memphis Animal Services director says the public helped solve this crime.
On Facebook, the guy is seen drop kicking a kitten, while two other young people look on and laugh. The kitten is kicked 40 feet.
“Thanks to a story that aired on Local 24, we were able to get the word out to the community that we were trying to identify this person, and we got some great online feedback, some of which led us to a pic of a back pack in one of his posts,” said Alexis Pugh, MAS Director.
From there Memphis Animal services was able to figure out which high school the teen went to. A school resource officer confirmed his identity and he was arrested.
“Now there is an opportunity for this young man to be held accountable for his actions, and for us to get some justice for the kitty, but there is also a chance he can turn his life around down a different path,” said Pugh.
Pugh said this really was a community effort. Without the help from the public, the cat kicker would likely have never been caught.