Twenty-one year old, Andre Robinson committed a terrible crime. Unfortunately, a New York state judge decided that there was not enough proof to put this man in jail for the year like he deserved. What did he do? Robinson beckoned over a trusting, sweet cat. He acted like he wanted to pet her, lined her up, and then punted the innocent animal about 20-feet.
He kicked her as hard as he could for no reason other than his own enjoyment. And even worse, he filmed the whole thing and found it entertaining enough to post on Youtube.
Thankfully, animal rights activists in the area came to stand up for the abused cat. Maria Clara, for example, drove an hour from her home in Connecticut to attend the most recent court hearing that happened on Thursday. “Who will speak for the cat? How will the cat defend itself?” she asks.
Brooklyn judge ShawnDya Simpson decided that, despite the graphic and hard to watch video footage, there was “not enough evidence” that the cat was actually injured.
“It could be that the cat was injured. It could be that the cat was fine. We don’t know,” she stated. “There are no allegations that the animal was examined for injuries or that there was any significant pain from the defendant’s actions.”
The cat was kicked at full force in the side. There was pain! The ASPCA’s website stated that the young cat was treated at their animal hospital after the attack for “tissue injuries and bruising.” How is that not enough evidence?
Thankfully, not all hope is lost. The judge is allowing prosecutors to recharge Robinson with a lesser penalty. This court hearing, which will occur on January 20, could land Robinson in jail for up to 90 days. While it seems like 90 days isn’t enough for such a blatant act of animal cruelty, we truly hope he is sentenced and has time to think about this horrendous action.
As for the cat, his name is King, and, according the the Brooklyn ASPCA, he is a loving and affectionate boy. King is now looking for his forever home, and many people have expressed interest in helping this handsome boy.
The video of King getting kicked is incredibly heart-breaking and hard to watch. If you would like to see how terribly this poor cat was treated, you can watch the footage here.
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