AKRON (AP) — A northeast Ohio teen has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after a video allegedly showing him kicking a stray cat went viral on the Internet.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 18-year-old Trevonte Mitchell was arrested Wednesday. He could face six months in jail if convicted.
Police say Mitchell admitted kicking the stray cat Aug. 6 while he and a friend walked on the street. The friend recorded the kick and posted it on Facebook.
The video showed the cat being kicked into the air and landing on a sidewalk and running away. Mitchell is shown laughing, and the friend is heard chuckling.
The video was shared often and led to an investigation by police and the humane society.
Police say Mitchell has expressed remorse.