A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after he was accused of grabbing a kitten by its neck and throwing it against a wall.
A police officer who found the injured animal after the incident Monday night rushed it to a veterinarian on Clyo Road, who has been able to save it.
The kitten police officers are calling Renn may have suffered neurological damage and for sure suffered a broken pelvis in several places. Veterinarian Sarah Erwin said the animal’s injuries are similar to what they see in animals that have been hit by cars.
The officers have taken up a collection and have agreed — along with an aide at the vet’s office — to pay the medical bill for Renn, Officer Ron Roberts, Kettering police information officer, told News Center 7’s Kate Bartley on Wednesday.
Police on Monday night were dispatched to an address in the 2900 block of Aerial Avenue after neighbors called to complain about a man they said was intoxicated and playing music at a loud level, Roberts said.
One of the neighbors said the man, identified as Michael Smith, had killed the kitten, Roberts said.
The animal is believed to be Smith’s. He’s accused of having “grabbed the cat around the neck, kind of wrung its neck, kinda threw it against a wall,” Roberts said.
According to the preliminary investigation, Smith was making a lot of noise, Roberts said, “and due to his level of impairment,” he didn’t like that a neighbor asked him to calm down, “so he kinda took his frustrations out on a 3-month-old cat.”
Smith also was charged with disorderly conduct, Roberts said.
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