TEXAS -- A 21-year-old Lubbock man was arrested on an animal cruelty charge after police say he slammed a 3-month-old kitten onto the ground.
Officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of East Fourth Street, said Lt. Ray Mendoza, a spokesman with the Lubbock Police Department.
A woman involved in the incident and the suspect, Robert Earl Smith, had been dating for a while, Mendoza said.
“There was some kind of disturbance between them two and (Smith) slammed the cat onto the concrete driveway or roadway,” Mendoza said.
Police described the cat’s condition after it was injured and although those details are too graphic to report, Mendoza said the cat was injured badly enough that it had to be euthanized.
Mendoza said Smith left the scene of the incident Wednesday afternoon.
“When he was trying to leave, the officer followed him to the library over there and went in and found him in the restroom,” he said.
Smith was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon on the animal cruelty charge, which is a state jail felony. He was being held on $10,000 bond.
(LubbockOnline.com - Apr 30, 2015)