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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who violently kicked a cat at a KCMO high school.
The abuse happened on the field at Center High School. John Baccala, a spokesperson for KCMO Animal Control, said the time stamp on the Snapchat video says May 22, and the Center High School principal alerted animal control on May 24.
The video shows a man who starts talking about kicking a field goal on the field and then proceeds to kick a small black cat. The cat goes flying, and then the video stops right after it lands.
City animal health experts estimate the cat was kicked about 20 or 25 yards. It’s unknown at this time what happened to the kitten in the video.
Officials are also hoping to identify the person who took the video.
Kelli Wachel, spokeswoman for Center School District, contacted FOX4 after this story aired.
Wachel said the incident happened more than a month ago on the Center High School football field, which the public has access to.
She said it happened in the evening and not during school hours. As soon as the district was made aware of the video, Wachel said they called KCPD and Animal Control and made a report.
Do you recognize anyone involved in this video? If you do, officials are urging you to call KCPD, the city’s 311 line or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
“We can never have enough information. We would like to pursue this case as best we can, and the more information we get, the better,” Baccala said.
Many animal welfare professionals across the city reacted with disgust and disappointment after seeing the now viral video.
“It’s graphic. It’s disturbing. You can insert any number of words in that,” Baccala said. “We really just want to find the person who did that and the person who shot the video.”
“It was really difficult to watch,” Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project said.
Fugate said the organization takes in about 30 animals per day and, on average, at least five of them have suffered trauma.
“We see a lot of those animals come in after they have already been suffering for a long time or have had something happen to them, but to actually see it in action happening to an animal, it was really difficult to watch,” Fugate said.
Animal welfare experts said there’s a bigger picture here, more than just animal cruelty.
“There’s a lot of correlation between violence against people and violence against pets. Usually when you see something as far as violence against pets, there has been a violent crime against a human, there has been a history of animal abuse in their past,” Fugate said.