HOWELL -- Two New Jersey students are being charged with animal cruelty after they filmed themselves torturing a kitten and posted the video on YouTube, police said.
Howell police Capt. Donna Craton said the animal was forcefully thrown against a wall and a door several times, placed in a bag and swung around, choked and bitten.
Howell Police Juvenile Detective Eric Rice and Victor "Buddy" Amato, police chief for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, investigated the report to authorities, which came from the parent of a child who became disturbed after seeing the video, Craton said.
The torture and the recording took place several months ago, when the kitten was about three months old, Craton said. Authorities viewed the video and secured a copy before it was taken down from YouTube, Craton said.
The video had received 318 hits in the
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