London, United Kingdom
VIJAY SHAH via JEN MILLS/Metro
British animal protection charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has encouraged social media users to be on the lookout for a man who had himself dropkicking a defenceless cat after he pretended to befriend it, the newspaper Metro reported this morning.
In the distressing 10-second video featured on Metro’s website, the thug is seen coaxing the ginger tabby and petting it while smiling at the camera. Then without warning, the man, dressed in all-black gym clothes and trainers, launches a strong kick to the cat’s side, sending the animal spinning across the pavement. The frightened cat then escapes before the video finishes. Someone, possibly the camera operator, is heard laughing at the end of the footage.
It is not known when the sick clip was filmed, but it was shared on Twitter by the account Protect All Wildlife with the caption: “Please RT (retweet). Let’s find this oxygen thief!!!!” It has been shared over 14,000 times. The RSPCA were also notified on the same platform. Their social media manager responded: “Thanks for tagging us – this has been reported and will be looked into. If you have further information regarding this please report to us on 0300 1234 999 – thanks.”
An RSPCA spokesperson later told Metro: “We are aware of the clip being circulated on social media and encourage anyone with information to contact us.”
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“Hunt for man who drop-kicked cat and filmed it” – Jen Mills, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (26 May 2019) https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/26/hunt-man-drop-kicked-cat-filmed-9692246/?ito=social&fbclid=IwAR38J4BEYCG3ffLx-XS7E7vVAV3W9Fo24O2V-AyDCfCl3o7xlyW9–yvejo