On Friday evening, rescue workers reported having found the cat scalded with boiling water as seen in a viral video resulting in the arrest of a Chicago teen, reports Nbc5Chicago.
According to rescue workers, the cat was discovered behind the house where the egregious abuse is alleged to have taken place. The cat has been captured and has been transported to Animal Control. The cat is expected to be turned over to Felines & Canines, a no-kill animal shelter in Chicago on Monday; meanwhile he’s being treated.
The Chicago Tribune reports longtime cat rescuer Heather Weidmann and her friend arranged with Chicago Police and Animal Care and Control to meet in a back alley near the home where cats frequently gather. And there he was – the friendly cat was easy to capture. “His fur is singed and he has burns on him,” she said. “He’s got scabbing but he’s very friendly and he’s in great spirits.”
The video has attracted national attention after it was posted on Facebook Tuesday. Leon Teague, 18, of the 6900 block of South Martin Luther King Drive was arrested on Thursday and faces charges of felony animal torture and misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. Teague allegedly lured the cat that had been sitting on the ledge of the window over and poured scalding water onto its back. In the video, the cat then screams loudly in pure agony as it runs away and hides in the corner of the porch. On Friday, bail was set at $10,000 according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Teague’s next court date is Thursday, February 11.
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