A California man is facing animal cruelty charges after torturing his pet kitten. According to People, 34-year-old Lucio Lopez allegedly put his cat in the freezer and then tossed her off of his balcony.
Luckily, the cat survived.
According to the police report, Lopez allegedly attacked the pet in his apartment shortly after 2:45 a.m. He was allegedly upset that the cat had walked into his apartment. It's unclear if she was a wild cat or actually lived inside with him. He then put the 3-year-old animal into the freezer. Authorities say that he removed the cat, who was making noise, and then squeezed her. He then threw the wincing animal off his second floor balcony.
The kitten suffered major injuries. “The kitten struck the concrete floor resulting in major injuries to its chest and a fractured leg,” a statement by the Fontana Police Department shared. “Lopez was arrested by officers and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for animal cruelty and an outstanding warrant.”
The cat is expected to survive following medical attention and lots of love. “Fontana Animal Services responded to the scene and transported the kitten to the veterinarian for emergency treatment. The kitten is doing as well as could be, but will need surgery and much needed love.”
The kitten is a female named Tortie. The emergency room staff has nicknamed her “Olive."
This incident comes after a couple of cases of animal cruelty against cats. Recently, a high school senior was arrested for allegedly flinging a cat into a lake. The Northern California teenager is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after footage has surfaced of him throwing a kitten into a large body of water. Another teen was arrested for taping the incident, which went viral. That teen was arrested on suspicion of participating in a criminal conspiracy. In the video, the person filming can be heard to say, "Welcome to badass, and this is Felipe the flying cat." At that point, the suspect on-camera takes the cat by the scruff of the neck and throws it into a lake.
This isn't the first instance of a crime involving a teenager throwing a kitten. In December, another teen was caught on Snapchat in Southern California throwing a cat into the street.
[Photo: Fontana Police Dept]