Video footage emerged on Twitter of a young man slapping a poor cat who was sitting on a wall, and is believed to have been filmed in Portsmouth.
It shows the 15-year-old approach the ginger cat, who leans in assuming he is going to be stroked, before the boy cruelly punches him in the face, prompting the cat to jump off the wall.
In the background, you can hear the teens friends laughing, and the clip was later posted to Snapchat with the caption Geezer.
Teen who slapped ginger cat off wall while friend laughed arrested
The three-second clip prompted outrage from animal lovers when it was shared to Twitter, and the teen from the video has now been arrested by Hampshire Police under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
The video received more than 1 million views from furious social media users, attracting the attention of the RSPCA.
One upset Twitter user wrote: ‘Turns my stomach. I hope people post updates on this. I want to know some justice has been done, while a second added: ‘Many of this generation are out of touch with what it takes to be a good human being. Lost their way for whatever reason and it is very sad. Imagine being cruel to an animal makes him feel strong.’
We have received a report of the incident, and we are also aware of a related video that has been circulated widely on social media.
Today our officers arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Anyone with information, including anyone who directly witnessed this incident, should call police on 101 quoting the crime reference number 44190180705.
THE shocking moment a ginger cat was punched in the head by a teenager has been caught on camera – and a boy was later arrested.
It shows a cat leaning towards the a boy’s outstretched hand as it stands in a small wall on a street.
Replying, one user wrote: “If he did that to my cat I would have smashed his fingers with a hammer so that he wouldnt be able to do it again, cant bear cruelty to animals.”
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “We can confirm we are investigating an incident in Portsmouth in which a cat was hit in the face.
“We have received a report of the incident, and we are also aware of a related video that has been circulated widely on social media.
“Today our officers arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
“Anyone with information, including anyone who directly witnessed this incident, should call police on 101 quoting the crime reference number 44190180705.”
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