ELYRIA — A 17-year-old Lorain boy was arrested last night after an Elyria woman said she saw him kick a cat across a front yard.
The boy is charged with injuring animals.
Officers were called to the area of Park and Princeton avenues about 5:15 p.m.
A witness told police the boy was walking with another male and two females on Park Avenue when she heard him ask “Do you want me to kick that cat?”
One of the females replied “Yes!” and the teen kicked the cat in its face, sending it across the front yard of 517 Park Ave., according to a police report.
Another witness said he heard the cat land with a loud thud and knew it had to be badly injured.
The first witness said the cat is a very friendly orange tabby named Elliot that belongs to a neighbor and usually walks around the neighborhood.
The cat’s owner arrived at the scene with the cat, which had blood and swelling on its mouth. She said she would probably have to take the cat to the vet for treatment.
The teen’s mother arrived at the scene and was very defensive, instructing her son “They have to prove it, and it’s their word against yours,” the report said.
The teen was released to his mother and his case was certified to the juvenile court. Upon being told she would receive a notice regarding a court date, she responded, “I’m not paying for that cat. He didn’t kick it,” the report said.