- Florida, USA -
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced the arrest of 35-years-old JOHN CLAYTON OSTEEN (pictured) for animal cruelty among other charges.
On Monday, May 8, 2023, during his latest edition of MAFO (Mess Around and Find Out), Sheriff Ivey said: “Being a criminal is bad enough, but brutalizing a small kitten for enjoyment, man that makes you a giant bagshit.”
Sheriff Ivey said that his agents had OSTEEN under surveillance as they were trying to arrest him on a warrant for unrelated crimes he had committed a week earlier.
On Monday morning, when the sheriff’s office agents went to arrest OSTEEN, one of them saw OSTEEN who came out of the house with “a small kitten on a leash.” According to the sheriff, OSTEEN started swinging the leash around with the tiny furbaby on it. OSTEEN then placed the kitten in a carrier and proceeded to spray water into the carrier “full force”.
As soon as one of the deputies made a move to intervene, OSTEEN “ran once again ‘cause he’s a big coward. He’s tough when it comes to dealing with a kitten, but when it comes to deal with law enforcement officers about put his but in jail, he runs”, rightfully said Sheriff Ivey.
OSTEEN ran to a friend’s house but deputies were able to track him down.
The sheriff’s office Animal Services Team quickly responded and rescued three kittens.
OSTEEN was booked into the Brevard County Jail on one felony count of animal cruelty as well as fleeing and eluding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, reckless driving, driving while license revoked, and failure to register a motor vehicle.
OSTEEN is currently being held with no bond. “That’s exactly where he belongs. I wish I could put him on a leash and swirl him around like he did the cat”, said Sheriff Ivey and I DO AGREE!
OSTEEN’s initial court appearance is set for May 9, 2023, at 1:15 p.m. before Judge Kimberly Musselman.
As Sheriff Ivey said: “If you can harm an animal, especially a small animal like that, you have the evilness in you to hurt a human.”
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OSTEEN’s mugshot via Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.