A Southwest Side man has been charged with animal cruelty after kicking his kitten like a football, police said.
Officers saw Percy Love, 22, take a running start and kick his black kitten Monday afternoon, sending the kitten 15 to 18 feet into the air, according to a police report.
Love then placed both his arms up in the air as if to signal a "field goal," and began laughing, the report stated.
When the officers moved to arrest Love, he told them, "This is my cat, Nightmare. He is tough, we play like that all the time -- it's just a cat," the report said. The incident happened in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue.
The kitten was taken to the city's Animal Care and Control agency, the report said.
Love, of the 6500 block of South Maplewood Avenue, was charged with animal cruelty, police said.
Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Cherie Travis said the kitten, less than a year old, did not suffer life-threatening injuries but vets were taking x-rays today.
During a hearing Tuesday, the city agency was given ownership of the kitten, Travis said. "He's a very friendly cat," Travis said. "Hopefully he'll be up for adoption soon."
Love was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
THIS SICK MONSTER NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW!!!!!!!