The video reveals a black-and-white cat in a fairly small cage sitting on the cement floor of a carport. A man taps the cage with his foot and talks to the cat.
There’s a woman’s voice as someone pours hot liquid from a pot on the caged animal and viewers can see the cat scramble wildly trying to escape. Then they empty the pot over the cage and the cat writhes frantically.
Police and animal rescuers worked to find the cat Tuesday. They said it was tame, likely a pet, and ran under a house near Gautier Street in Moss Point not far from where the scalding allegedly took place.
An animal-rescue worker retrieved cat, which had died, from under the house Wednesday morning. The necropsy indicates it died from the scalding, police said.
There are two people in the video, he said, and police have identified persons of interest and are looking for them on a charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal.
“We want to charge everybody involved,” he said.
Update: LaDerrick Rostchild, 24, and Larry Rostchild Jr., 43, were charged along with Karmen Coleman.
(Sun Herald - Dec 16, 2016)