Man Arrested for Allegedly Torturing Cat Caught on Camera
Houston – Deputies with the Precinct One Animal Cruelty division have arrested Javonte Darion Alexander, 22, on a felony criminal charge of animal cruelty by torture.
The arrest was made subsequent to a tip received on September 25, 2019 by the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) about an incident at an apartment complex located in the 900 block of Cypress Station Drive in Houston, Harris County.
The caller alerted investigators to the existence of video showing the inside of a common pool area on September 7, 2019 at the above apartment complex. The video shows Alexander pickup up a cat and violently throw it into the pool. It also shows Alexander repeatedly strike the cat in the head with his shoe as the cat attempts to get out of the pool. He later can be seen hitting the cat with his hands and holding the cat’s head underwater. At the end of the video, Alexander leaves the pool area holding the cat. It appeared to be either unconscious or possibly deceased.
“This video is difficult to watch,” said Constable Alan Rosen. “Anyone who tortures an animal should be held accountable. This cat was defenseless. Our society should not stand for such cruelty to animals.”
Third-degree felony cruelty to non-livestock animals by torture is punishable by two-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, if convicted.
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