Springfield man pleads guilty to throwing kitten 40 feet in the air over power lines

Comet, the five-week-old kitten shown, was thrown over power lines by a Springfield man Sunday, according to police. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Comet, the five-week-old kitten shown, was thrown over power lines by a Springfield man Sunday, according to police. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to throwing a kitten about 40 feet in the air over power lines.

Christopher Robinson, 22, was sentenced to 90 days in jail by Clark County Municipal Court Judge Eugene Nevius on Monday. He was charged with cruelty to a companion animal and resisting arrest.

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Police began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 100 block of Cottage Place on Sunday. Two witnesses said they were visiting family when they saw a group of people hanging out behind the house. Then they saw a kitten being thrown into the air, according to a police affidavit.

“(They) observed Mr. Robinson throw a young black female kitten approximately 40 feet in the air over a set of power lines behind the garage where after the kitten then struck the ground at full force,” the affidavit says.

One of the witnesses was Benjamin Cantrell, who spoke to the Springfield News-Sun in an exclusive interview about the incident. He ran to the kitten to provide it care after its fall, he said.

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“I went over and got the kitten,” Cantrell said. “The kitten was really upset and was shaking.”

“We’ve looked over her a couple times and she is very content and she had a can of food and is eating well,” Cantrell said. “She is probably five weeks old. But we will find out for sure at the vet.”

He plans to adopt the kitten, he said, and his daughter has named it Comet.

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When police arrived at the scene, Robinson and the group was gone, according to the affidavit. However, officers spoke with employees at Rally’s who told him that the group had been there and were staying on East Main Street.

While asking employees at the inn about the group, Springfield police officer Alec Sears saw Robinson walking in the parking lot, according to the affidavit.

“Officer Sears ran out to the lobby and ordered Mr. Robinson to stop,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Robinson then ran eastbound through an entryway of (the inn) northbound through a grass field then eastbound towards cottage Place. Officer Sears was able to catch up with Mr. Robinson in (a) backyard.”

Sears asked Robinson about the kitten after placing him under arrest, and the affidavit says he admitted to throwing the kitten.

“Those guys don’t get a lot of credit for the great jobs they do,” Cantrell said of the police division.

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