Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Crime: Aggravated Animal Cruelty
Ratchet Meter: 9
On May 5, the NYPD arrested a young man who was filmed kicking a small stray cat in Brooklyn.
The New York Daily News reported that 21-year-old Andre Robinson drew a cat in as if he wanted to feed it, then kicked the poor animal, sending it flying into the air before it eventually landed in the bushes some 20 feet away. As shown in the video, Robinson and his friends exploded in laughter, amused at what he had just done.
The video went viral, and police were able to pinpoint the location as the Breevort Houses in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section, while police from the 81st Precinct identified Robinson. He has eight prior arrests, including a 2011 armed robbery.
Robinson was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. His mother attempted to defend his actions, telling the Daily News "He had to be high to do what he did," and adding that he loved the animals he had in the past. The Daily News said a veterinarian told police the cat likely sustained serious injuries.
After admitting that he kicked the animal in a criminal complaint, Robinson was released from jail without bail. He'll make his next court appearance on Jun. 9.
Members of the North Shore Animal League eventually rescued the cat, who the Daily News said some Breevort Houses residents have dubbed "King." It will be taken to an ASPCA hospital for examination and put up for adoption if it's healthy.