Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
A man was charged with animal cruelty Monday after witnesses said he allegedly hurled a kitten to its death.
Jordan Lee Warner, 19, Oklahoma City, was charged with felony cruelty to animals in Pontotoc County District Court. The alleged incident occurred Sept. 12 at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of B Street. Ada Police Officer Destry Musgrove responded to a disturbance between Warner and the owner of the kitten, Sarah Garrett.
“During this altercation, witnesses state that Jordan Warner removed two kittens from the back of a pickup and threw them into the grass,” Musgrove wrote in a report. “One of the kittens returned to him crying at which point (Warner) picked up the (kitten) and threw it up into the air and into the westbound lane of B Street. Witnesses reported hearing a pop as the cat hit the pavement.”
Musgrove reported Warner was not at the scene when he arrived and after speaking to witnesses, inspected the kitten in the street.
“The kitten was warm to the touch and appeared to have a crush injury to the left side of its head,” Musgrove wrote. “Its right eyeball was hanging out of its eye socket and there was fresh coagulating blood on the pavement, as well as brain matter.”
An arrest warrant was later issued for Warner who was arrested Saturday by sheriff’s deputies. In a court affidavit filed by District Attorney Chris Ross’ office, Ross wrote he believes Warner “maliciously and cruelly (mutilated) a kitten that was in subjugation and belonged to Sarah Garrett by throwing it into the air causing the cat to die as it hit the ground.”
Ross said the crime is punishable by up to five years in prison. According to Oklahoma law concerning animal cruelty, “Any person who shall willfully or maliciously torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to the person or to another...” can be charged with felony cruelty to animals.