One of the men charged, Kyle Wayne Williams, allegedly tied the kitten to the car and filmed the act of animal cruelty for Facebook. His friend, Jordan Michael Derek Hall, reportedly drove the car.
A police report claimed that the video shows the kitten running behind the vehicle until it collapsed from exhaustion. The cat then is dragged for nearly five minutes as the men laugh.
At one point, the car reportedly stops, until a man says “keep going. Don’t stop. He’s almost dead.”
Police noted that the cat appeared “healthy and scared” before it was killed.
The men were arrested after Williams posted a photo of himself next to the dead kitten—tied up, bloodied, and with one eye popping out—to a private Facebook group. “Try to guess how I killed my cat, bet you can’t,” he wrote as the caption, according to The Springfield News-Leader.
Members of the group were outraged, and internet activist from the site Pastebin began contacting the Branson Police Department with tips, the News-Leader said.
Both men are being held on $15,000 bond on charges of animal abuse and armed criminal action. Both charges are felonies.
Williams was scheduled to be arraigned this week but he was ultimately removed from the courtroom for being disruptive, the News reported. He will now be arraigned June 12.
[Image: Taney County Jail]