A Chicago teenager has been arrested and accused of torturing an animal after he posted a video on Facebook showing him allegedly pouring boiling water on a cat.
After the video went viral on Tuesday, February 2, Chicago Police arrested Leon Teague charging him with a felony count of animal torture and a misdemeanor count of depicting animal cruelty (the video).
In a statement, Chicago Police said Teague, 18, was identified as the person who “deliberately scalded a cat with a hot liquid.”
“A video of the incident was posted … showing Teague luring a cat onto a rear porch and pouring boiling water onto the cat,” the CPD added in its statement.
According to the Washington Post, a state attorney said Teague told police that he knew right away why they came knocking on his door.
“If you think I did it, lock me up,” the suspect reportedly told police. “I know the system. If I admit to this, I’m going to jail. Glock Boy MurDoc is my Facebook name and people come in and out of my apartment all the time.”
The Chicago Tribune reported the cat was rescued and is being treated at a local shelter.
“His fur is singed and he has burns on him,” area resident Heather Weidmann said after finding and rescuing the animal. “He’s got scabbing, but he’s very friendly and he’s in great spirits.”
After spending a few days under observation at the animal shelter, Weidmann said she will meet with police about taking the animal to Felines and Canines animal shelter in Edgewater.
Weidmann also told the paper she is mulling over a name for her new feline friend.
“He’s got to have a pretty damn special name,” Weidmann said. “For everything that he’s been through, to still come up and let us touch him and pet him, he’s pretty damn special.”
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