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11-year-old boy faces animal cruelty charge in Port St. Lucie, police say

Posted: 9:43 AM, Oct 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-05 16:10:57-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Port St. Lucie police say they have arrested an 11-year-old boy on an animal cruelty charge.

They say earlier this week he repeatedly threw a cat into the air and allowed it to land on the ground. They also say a neighbor videotaped the incident.

Police said they interviewed the child Thursday and the child was upset because the cat left feces in his bedroom.

Police took a bird and two cats from the child's home.

One of the cats, a male named Ray, had a soft tissue injury to his tail, police said. 

Police took the child to the Juvenile Assessment Center following his arrest.