WARNING: The following video involves cruelty to an animal and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
A 16-year-old boy, identified only as “Charlie” because of his age, is being sought and investigated following a graphic Snapchat video that shows him violently throwing a cat onto a street.
Police in Ontario, California stated in a press release that they received information on Saturday “regarding the abuse of a kitten by a young man.”
Authorities described the animal as a “small kitten” and reported that it miraculously only suffered a fractured leg from the horrifying incident. The press release states:
On Saturday, December 02, 2017, the Ontario Police Department received information regarding the abuse of a kitten by a young man. The abuse, which depicted the suspect throwing the small kitten into the air causing it to land in the street a distance away, was captured on video and shared via social media.
Ontario Police immediately launched an investigation into the incident that eventually lead them to identify a 16-year-old male believed to be responsible for the abuse of the kitten. The suspect, who will not be identified due to his age, has not yet been located and arrested.
The kitten and its owner have been located. The kitten survived the incident, but did suffer an injured leg. The Inland Valley Humane Society is assisting with the investigation and care of the injured animal.
Ontario Police are asking for anyone who has inmformation about the incident, or may know the whereabouts of the male depicted in the video, to contact the Ontario Police Department at (909) 395-2001. The investigation is active and ongoing. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at http://www.wetip.com.
The video, which has gone viral, is reportedly no longer on Snapchat but has been shared thousands of times via Twitter and other social media platforms.
In the absolutely disturbing 10-second clip, it sounds as if a bystander says “Can’t believe you’re doing this,” before the boy hurls the kitten through the air. When it lands on the street, the feline can be heard crying in apparent and expected pain after hitting the pavement.
Social media users are expressing their frustrations and anger towards the incident:
@t_e_peterson55 posted a screenshot of the suspected Snapchat account of the animal abuser. He tweeted: “Snapchat this guy! Let him know what you think of him posting a video of him throwing a cat across a street! F***ing piece of shit! I hope they catch him and make him rot in jail!”
“Officials are investigating it,” @cylizion wrote. “I hope that cat is alive. It was in plain daylight and the cat was mewing for help. I pray that he/she is still alive and gets treatment, and that the piece of s*it who threw the cat gets the jail sentence he deserves. 1-5 years for animal cruelty.”
“I watched a video of a literal piece of sh*t throw a cat into the street where the cat’s head was cracked and you heard it crying,” @CaleyMSpivey wrote. “All for Snapchat. You sick f**ks, I hope he’s found and his life is ruined. I don’t have the heart to rt it.”