Clovis teenager faces felony charge for allegedly abusing cat

Clovis police arrested a teenager Monday who they say threw a cat 20 to 30 feet in the air and injured the animal, which landed on its back.

The department’s social media accounts said an investigation into the animal cruelty began on June 14 when several people notified the department of a video showing the alleged act. Detectives interviewed neighbors, who told them they thought the cat had been mauled due to its injuries.

The teen, who was not identified due to his age, was arrested at Clovis East High School, where he is a student. He was booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus on a felony animal cruelty charge. The case was turned over to the Fresno County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.