Garratt Haile, 18, was arrested after a video allegedly showed him chucking a kitten in a body of water.
(Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)
A California teenage boy was Friday arrested after he was caught on video chucking a kitten in a “large body of water”, while the jokes and laughing about the abuse of the animal, police said.
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Garratt Haile, 18, Patterson, Calif., was arrested after several people identified him as the person seen in the disturbing video recently posted on a private Facebook page, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.
Haile, who was 17 when the video was shot, is said that the person seen the cat by her scruff and say: “And this is Felipe the flying cat” for the animal in the water. It is unclear where the video was recorded.
It is also unclear whether the kitten survived.
“Who knows where the kitten is now, whether he’s alive or not. I don’t know but I hope it is,” Nicole Pinheiro, who shared the video to increase public awareness, told FOX40 Sacramento.
Although the video was shot about a year ago, it was only recently shared on social media, where it was viewed countless times.
“My heart, it is just my body,” Pinheiro said. “And I showed my mother and she burst into tears. She was like, ‘I can’t believe that this is the world now.'”
The police said that the number of people who contacted authorities with information that helped them nab Haile.
Haile was arrested about 8 a.m. Friday and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on a felony animal cruelty charge. The authorities are still investigating the video to try to identify the other persons involved.
“On 17, I knew what I was doing. He knew what he was doing, ” Pinheiro said, adding Haile should be prosecuted as an adult, not a small one. “Even though he was just joking around, or just trying to do something on Snapchat, or what he was doing, that it is wrong, regardless. Regardless if it’s a year old or today, he still did.”
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