Animal welfare officials in Kansas City, Mo., reacted with horror this week after a video surfaced in which a man is seen at a local high school football field, kicking a small black cat as a football.
She said that a search is now underway for both the kicker and the person who shot the video, in which they believed, was a shot in May.
The graphic video shows the kitten sails through the air, perhaps more than 20 metres, before the video ends before the cat landing on the ground.
“It was very difficult to watch,” Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project, told Kansas City’s Fox 4.
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Fugate told the station that the organization takes in about 30 animals a day, many of them have experienced a trauma.
“We see a lot of these animals come in after they have already been suffering for a long time or have had something happen,” Fugate said. “But to actually see it in action happens with an animal, it was really hard to watch.”
Kelli Wachel, a spokeswoman for the Center School District, told Fox 4 that the video was shot in the evening, after school, when the public has access to the football field.
She said that the district notified Kansas City police and Animal Control as soon as he became aware of the video.
John Baccala, an Animal Control spokesman, told Fox 4 that the Snapchat video was dated May 22, and the Center High School principal alerted authorities May 24th.
“We want to pursue this case, as well as we can, and the more information we get, the better,” Baccala told the station.
“It is graphic. It is disturbing,” Baccala said about the video. “You can use a number of words in it. We really only want to find the person who did it and the person who made the recording of the video.”
“If someone is going to treat an animal, how are they going to treat a human being?” Baccala told the Kansas City Star.
The video shows the kicker dressed in black and purple, and at least two other people besides the camera holder, the Star reported.
Neither the player nor the person filming have been identified, so authorities hope that the release of the video will help to identify and locate the suspects, the Star reported.
Anyone with information is urged to call 311 if in Kansas City, or 816-513-1313 outside the region.