- Florida, USA -
19-year-old KELVIN COLON (pictured below), was arrested on January 7, after he was seen in a video flinging a defenseless cat into the air by the tail.
The disturbing footage was posted on his Snapchat account in December.
Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation of this case on December 16, after they received an email containing the upsetting video.
Sadly, the condition of the poor furbaby is unknown; investigators searched for three days, but they were unable to locate him.
FOX5 reports that: “The cat reportedly traversed the span of several parking spaces, flipping end over end with legs stretched as it passed over two cars and rose to a height well above the suspect's head.”
The criminal is a student at Edgewater High School in Orlando. The school resource officer met with deputies and identified the student as the person in the video.
Deputies met with COLON at the school.
He said the video was recorded in September but was only recently posted to social media.
The Sheriff’s Office said COLON wrote a statement apologizing for upsetting people by posting the video but he didn’t express remorse for hurting the cat.
The criminal is already out, he bonded out the same day of his arrest.
Reportedly, he said: "I didn’t do it with the intention to hurt the cat. I was just trying to be funny, and I didn’t mean to do anything like that, you know, so I’m sorry to everybody."
Thankfully, Sgt. Al Giardiello with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said: "Animal cruelty isn’t funny in any realm of the world."
COLON is being charged with a state felony of animal cruelty, which carries a maximum of no more than 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.